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Perhaps you're a Google+ early adopter? Or are you still on MySpace?

Let us know what you think about our website and social media and you could win an 8 GB iPod Touch valued at $259.

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The fine print

The survey will be open from Thursday 8 — Friday 23 September 2011.

Update: survey extended by one week until Friday 30 October 2011.

The prize is an 8 GB Apple iPod Touch, currently valued at $259 AUD.

The winner will be drawn at random from all completed surveys on Friday 7 October 2011.

Barwon Water staff and their immediate family members are not permitted to enter, and will not be eligible to win.

All data collected in the survey will be used for research purposes only, and will only be reported at the aggregate level. No personally identifying data will be retained.


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Armstrong Creek infrastructure on schedule

Water and sewerage works are proceeding to schedule for Geelong's newest suburb, Armstrong Creek.

Infrastructure is on track for the first stage of the "Warralily" development. Water and sewerage services will be available when the first homes are built in early 2012.

Water works in Armstrong Creek are on track.

The 4.5 km Boundary Road water main — the primary water source for the new development — is already complete.

We are due to begin work on a new recycled water tank in Mount Duneed in the coming weeks. The tank will store up to 12 million litres of Class A recycled water for Armstrong Creek's future homes, businesses, schools and sporting fields.

We are investing more than $150 million in water, recycled water and sewerage infrastructure at Armstrong Creek.

Internal link  Armstrong Creek recycled water

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Barwon Water welcomes new Chair and three new Directors

Prominent businessman and community leader Michael King has been appointed Chair of Barwon Water.

Dr King is Managing Director of Kings Australia funeral services, deputy chair of St Laurence Community Services and a Board member of the National Small Business Advisory Committee, Gordon Institute of TAFE and Anam Cara Hospice.

The former deputy Mayor of Geelong has more than 30 years experience in management and leadership roles and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters and Doctorate of Business Administration.

His appointment was announced yesterday by The Hon. Peter Walsh MLA, Minister for Water, Agriculture and Food Security.

Dr King replaces current chair Roger Lowrey, who did not seek re-appointment, and will take up the two-year post on 1 October.

Dr King is one of four new Directors appointed to Barwon Water's Board. The others are City of Greater Geelong councillor and former Mayor, Dr Stretch Kontelj, strategic communications specialist Suzie Batten and Colac identity David Harris.

They will join Managing Director Michael Malouf and current Directors John Bugg, Jodi Heath and Hugh Gleeson.

Dr King said he was honoured by the appointment and welcomed the opportunity to further serve the regional community.

Mr Lowrey congratulated Dr King and the three new Directors and urged them to continue the focus on water security, service delivery and innovation. Mr Lowrey also thanked outgoing Directors John McDonald and Diane James.

"Record investment in new and replacement infrastructure, a major commitment to recycling and the pursuit of innovative solutions to future water needs will ensure the corporation meets growth and development," Mr Lowrey said.

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Calling for entries

Barwon Water is encouraging students to put their coloured pencils and cameras to the test and enter its National Water Week competitions.

Secondary school students are invited to enter a photography and digital image competition while primary school students can enter a poster competition.

The theme for the competitions is "Healthy catchments, healthy communities".

Prizes are on offer for schools and students in both categories.

They include a training session with AFL footballer and Barwon Water youth and environment ambassador Joel Corey and world-record holding paralympian Kelly Cartwright and a $500 grant to purchase water-saving products or educational materials.

Selected photographs and posters will be displayed at the Barwon Water pavilion at the Geelong Show in October and the Colac Show in November. Posters will feature in a 2012 calendar.

Winning entries in the primary school categories will be submitted for judging in VicWater's state-wide National Water Week poster competition.

Schools that enter will also receive 50 complimentary water bottles.

Entries close on Friday 9 September, with winners announced in time for National Water Week celebrations.

National Water Week is held between 16 and 22 October and aims to improve understanding of water issues in Australia. 

  More information on poster competition for primary students

  More information on photo and digital image for secondary students

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New water for Meredith

The township of Meredith, 45 km north-west of Geelong, has a new water supply.

Its 1100 residents, who previously relied on the stressed West Moorabool River for their drinking water, are now linked to Geelong's supply network.

A new 11.5 kilometre pipeline from the Lethbridge tank on Medina Road means the end of fluctuating water quality from the West Moorabool River, which stopped flowing during the recent drought, forcing Barwon Water to truck in fresh supplies.

The $7.3 million project was fast-tracked due to issues associated with Meredith's ongoing supply, including high salt levels in the river and the unsustainable practice of carting water by truck.

Meredith residents can now enjoy greatly improved water quality and can take comfort in the knowledge they have a secure source of supply.

The project was delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance.

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Update on Anglesea sewer pipe repairs 3

We will construct a new sewer pipeline beneath the Anglesea River, rather than repair the damaged pipe.

The new pipe will be laid by boring below the river bed, minimising the impact on local residents, visitors and the environment.

Work will begin within weeks and is scheduled to be completed by Christmas.

In the meantime, we are constructing a temporary, above-ground bypass, crossing the river between Coogoorah Park and Wray Street.

We will continue to transport sewage from west Anglesea by truck to the water reclamation plant, and recycled water from Aireys Inlet to the Anglesea and Lorne facilities.

The temporary pipe will follow existing walking tracks. Some paths in Coogoorah Park will be fenced off during construction.

We would like to thank Anglesea residents for their patience and apologise for any disruption caused during construction.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions, please contact us.

This project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance

  Media release: Anglesea pipe solution (Tuesday 30 August 2011)

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Update on Anglesea sewer pipe repairs 2

We have engaged our design and construction specialists, the Barwon Water Alliance to repair the damaged sewer pipeline underneath the Anglesea River.

Several repair options are being considered, including inserting a flexible sleeve inside the existing pipe or boring a brand new pipeline below the riverbed.

The difficult and complex job could take up to two months to complete, but we are committed to completing all works before the end of October ahead of the summer tourist influx.

We are 100% committed to the health of the Anglesea River, and will ensure the new or repaired pipeline has the highest possible integrity.

The pipeline will remain shut down until repairs are complete. Meanwhile, sewage from west Anglesea will be transported by truck to the treatment plant. There will be no disruption to service for local residents or businesses.

We'll continue to keep our community informed, and encourage customers to contact us if they have any concerns.

  Media release: Pipe repair update (Friday 19 August 2011) 

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Update on Anglesea sewer pipe repairs

We're busy investigating repair options for a damaged sewer pipe beneath the Anglesea River.

The pipe was damaged and a leak detected last week. The pipe was carrying about 85% recycled water and 15% sewage, which entered the Anglesea River.

Specialist divers have been called in and a first attempt to repair the pipe with a stainless steel sleeve over the damaged section was unsuccessful. Other repair options include inserting a flexible sleeve or building a new river crossing.

The pipe has been shut down and remains offline.

We will continue to monitor water quality in the Anglesea River. The latest test results have been below the acceptable safe level.

While repairs are underway, sewage from west Anglesea will be trucked to the Anglesea water reclamation plant, and recycled water from Aireys Inlet will be stored in purpose-built lagoons.

We are confident that the leak has posed no risks to the community, and are committed to repairing the fault as quickly as possible.

  Media release: Update on Anglesea sewer pipe repairs (Thursday 18 August 2011)

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Telephone system failure

We would like to apologise to any customers who attempted to contact us on Saturday 13 August.

A fault in our telephone system meant calls to our 24-hour emergencies and faults number, 13WATER (13 92 83), were not answered from 3 pm on Saturday afternoon until early Sunday morning.

We believe planned maintenance works caused an electrical outage which triggered the fault.

As the 13WATER phone number is a critical service to our customers, we will be undertaking an independent review into the incident.

The review will help us to improve our service in the future.

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Anglesea sewer pipe repairs

We have started repairing a damaged sewer pipe beneath the Anglesea River.

A leak was detected in the pipe, which crosses the Anglesea River between River Reserve Road and Wray Street, last week.

The pipe was immediately switched off and warning signs were temporarily placed along the river to alert the community about the spill.

We have been regularly testing water quality near the spill site since the leak was detected.

Initial tests showed only moderately elevated levels of E.coli near the spill site.

Within 48 hours of the spill, this reading fell to be within safe levels.

We are confident the spill did not pose a risk to the community.

The repair is difficult and will take several days to complete.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is Victoria's independent body responsible for protecting and caring for our environment.

External link  EPA Victoria: Anglesea River Barwon Water sewer spill

Internal link  Media release: Anglesea sewer pipe repairs (Tuesday 16 August 2011)

Internal link  Media release: Divers repair damaged pipe (Wednesday 17 August 2011)

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