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Water forum

We are again hosting a forum for our interested stakeholders and community members.

The topic of the next water forum is our new Water Supply and Demand Strategy (WSDS).

The 50 year Water Supply Demand Strategy is a crucial part of our Water Plan. We review and update the WSDS every 5 years.

The objective of the upcoming forum is to promote public participation in the review of our WSDS and explore a collective vision for our next generation.

Participants will hear from industry experts on how integrated water management strategies can address the challenges of climate uncertainty and population growth.

Forum participants will break into groups for facilitated discussion around the current water supply and demand situation in the region.

Together we will explore how we can develop alternative water supply solutions for liveable communities.

Places are limited. Attendance is by prior registration only.

 

When:

Wednesday 6 April 2011

7 pm — 9 pm (registration from 6.30 pm)

Where:

Balmoral Receptions

66 Hyland Street (Hamilton Hwy), Fyansford (Google map)

RSVP:

Wednesday 30 March 2011 to Katrina Honner.

Contact (03) 5226 2546 during business hours or email.

Please indicate if you are attending as an individual or a representative of a community group.

Note: due to a lack of registrations, the forum previously advertised for Colac has been cancelled.

Colac residents are encouraged to contact us to contribute feedback, and are of course welcome to attend the forum in Geelong.  


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Board positions 2011: Expressions of interest

The Victorian Government invites suitably qualified and experienced people to register an expression of interest for Board Director positions for the 19 Victorian water corporations, including the three Melbourne metropolitan retailers.

The terms of 66 Board Directors and Chairs expire in 2011, and this is an opportunity for people with leadership and vision to be considered for these positions.

Directors are appointed by the Minister for Water, Peter Walsh MLA, with terms of office commencing 1 October 2011. Expressions of interest close 15 March 2011.

For more information, please visit www.ourwater.vic.gov.au/boardappointments.


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Restrictions lifted: Permanent Water Saving Plan to apply

Stage 1 water restrictions will be lifted in the greater Geelong region from Tuesday 1 March 2011.

The region will revert to the Permanent Water Saving Plan — a set of simple, commonsense measures to conserve water now and for the future.

Under the plan:

  • you can use a hand-held hose, fitted with a trigger nozzle, to water gardens and lawns or wash vehicles at any time, on any day
  • you can use a manual watering system (one that is turned on or off by hand) 8pm—10am, on any day
  • you can use an automatic watering system 10pm—10am, on any day
  • you cannot hose down driveways, paths, decking, concrete or paved areas except in cases of emergency
  • pools more than 2000 litres in capacity may only be filled with prior approval from Barwon Water.

The Barwon Water Board of Directors made the decision today. Board Chairman Roger Lowrey said a dramatic increase in storage levels, new water projects and entrenched water-saving behaviour meant it was appropriate to remove restrictions.

While above-average rainfall was responsible for the turnaround in storage levels, a record capital investment program will also ensure a secure water supply for the future.

Other towns in our service region already on permanent water saving measures include Colac, Lorne, and Aireys Inlet.

More detailed information on the Permanent Water Saving Plan, and how the changes may affect you, will be available on this website soon.

 

More information 

 


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Dual gold for youth ambassador

Barwon Water Youth and Environment ambassador Kelly Cartwright has earned her second gold medal at the International Paralympics Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Kelly jumps for gold in the T42 (below-leg amputee) long jump at the IPC Athletics World Championships. Photo courtesy of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

 

Today's 100 m victory caps off a perfect campaign for the paralympian, who also won gold in long jump on Sunday.

Racing in the T42 category for athletes with a single leg amputation above or through the knee, Kelly blitzed the field to cross the line in the championship record time of 16.46 seconds.

Cartwright opened her campaign on Sunday afternoon, leaping 4.19 metres to break the world record and snare gold in the T42 long jump.

Kelly joined Barwon Water as Youth and Environment Ambassador in late 2009. She also works part-time in the Communications team. 

Congratulations to Kelly from everyone at Barwon Water.

 

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Rain strains sewerage system

While this week's significant rainfall has had a positive impact on storage levels, it has also placed stress on our sewerage system.

Heavy falls across the region from Apollo Bay to Lara have caused a number of sewage overflows due to large volumes of water entering the system.

Barwon Water crews have been working hard to minimise the impacts of overflows on customers and the environment.

Customers are advised to avoid swimming in or near stormwater drains, creeks, rivers or where they meet the ocean.

About 125 mm of rain has fallen in the West Barwon catchment and 210 mm in the Moorabool catchment since Monday (12 January).

Storages have increased from 72% to 74.4%, with a further increase expected as run-off enters the reservoirs in the coming days.

Call 13WATER (13 92 83) for water and sewerage emergencies and faults. This number is available 24 hours a day.


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Happy holidays from Barwon Water

Barwon Water would like to wish all our customers a safe and happy festive season.

Thanks to this year's fantastic rainfall, our water storages are at their highest level since 2002. But this doesn't mean relaxing our water saving practices.

Our youth and environment ambassadors: Kelly Cartwright and Joel Corey.

Barwon Water youth and environment ambassadors, AFL footballer Joel Coey and paralympian Kelly Cartwright, are once again the faces of Barwon Water's summer water saving campaign, reminding visitors and locals to be water-wise when on holidays.

Have a happy holiday, but don't drop the ball on water saving!


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Barwon Downs borefield rested after soaking rain

Excellent winter and spring rainfall has enabled Barwon Water to rest the Barwon Downs borefield for the first time in 4 years.

The healthy state of our water storages, now at their highest level since November 2002, can also be attributed to our new water sources, including the Anglesea borefield, and strong community awareness of water conservation.

The Barwon Downs aquifer has been tapped during times of drought since it was first commissioned in 1982.

Pumping from the underground water supply at Barwon Downs most recently began in April 2006.

The last day of pumping water was 11 August 2010.


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Colac pipe replacement begins soon

Work to upgrade Colac's main water supply pipeline is expected to begin in February 2011.

The pipeline is critical to ensuring a reliable water supply to Colac and district. It has served the region well over many years, but
has deteriorated to the extent where replacement of some sections is necessary.

About 6.2 kilometres of the 28 kilometre pipeline will be replaced. The original pipe, which  connects the West Gellibrand and Olangolah reservoirs to Colac, was constructed in 1910.

This project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance.


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Sustainable Home and Garden Expo 2011

Following the tremendous success of this year's inaugural Sustainable Home and Garden Expo, we're currently looking for exhibitors to take part in the 2011 expo.

The event will be held in Steampacket Gardens at the Geelong waterfront on the Labour Day long weekend, 12-13 March 2011.
The Sustainable Home and Garden Expo aims to inspire people to lead more sustainable lives. The expo will provide visitors with information on garden designs, product selections, insulation, solar energy, water saving products, sustainable building products, energy efficiency and much more.

There will be expert guest speakers, presentations, workshops and exhibitors, as well as entertainment for the whole family throughout the expo.

The Sustainable Home and Garden Expo will provide businesses and not-for-profit organisations with opportunities to showcase, promote and sell their products and services.

This year's expo hosted more than 12,000 visitors who left armed with practical knowledge, new found inspiration and an array of professional contacts to help them make positive changes in their lives.

 

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Land Development Manual

We've recently updated our Land Development Manual.

The manual outlines our service requirements for new developments, subdivisions and new connections.

It's designed for developers, engineering consultants, surveyors and plumbers.

We're about to undertake a full review of the manual and associated processes, and would like your input.

 

Feedback is welcome in writing until Friday 5 November 2010.


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