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New Board Directors appointed

The Minister for Water Tim Holding has appointed two new Directors to the Board of Barwon Water and re-appointed a third Director.

Hugh Gleeson and Jodi Manion will begin their terms from 1 July 2010 along with John Bugg, who has been re-appointed for a third term.

Hugh Gleeson is Chief Executive Officer of United Energy and natural gas distributor Multinet Gas. He has extensive experience in the public and private electricity industry and is a member of the Energy Network Association.

Jodi Manion is General Manager for Telstra Geelong and the Surf Coast and a member of the Committee for Geelong and Deakin Alumni Community.

Hugh and Jodi replace retiring Directors Claire Higgins and Des Powell.

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Anglesea borefield reflections

Barwon Water youth and environment Ambassador Joel Corey shares his experiences following a visit to the Anglesea borefield.

I met Project Engineer Peter Palmieri at bore 6, where the Anglesea Borefield pre-treatment plant is located. The groundwater, located up to 400 metres below the surface is pumped into an aerator tank where it is mixed with air. There is a smell of sulfur — a result of the groundwater lying dormant in the aquifer for more than 1000 years.

Youth and environment ambassador Joel Corey and community engagement officer Donna van Staden at the Anglesea Borefield pre-treatment plant.

The water is then piped to the first of 3 flocculation tanks. A bit like an electric mixer, the water is churned around, then stopped to allow particles to settle. The top 30 centimetres of water is skimmed off the top and piped to the next tank. The water becomes clearer as sediment and particles are removed as it moves through the tanks. The groundwater exits the third tank and is released into the settling basin.

The settling basin is set up like a long queue at the movies. The water takes about a day to snake up and down the basin until it reaches the front of the line. From here, it is pumped to Wurdee Boluc Reservoir where the water treatment process continues.

We then went and visited 2 bores; the first of which was under construction. The drilling contractors were working to drill 600 metres deep. The second bore is 1 of 5 bores currently operating.

A lot of effort has gone into ensuring the area is restored. Topsoil removed during construction has been returned, and native plants propagated from seeds from the site have been planted and are growing well. 

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We are building for the future

Projects worth more than $766 million over the coming years will secure water supplies for our next generation.

Projects such as the Anglesea borefield, Northern Water Plant, Black Rock Recycled Water Plant and the Melbourne-Geelong Interconnection will increase our water supplies by more than 75% of our current demand.

To deliver these vital solutions, we must invest heavily in this infrastructure. As a result, price rises over the next three years will go toward funding crucial water, sewerage and recycled water projects.


Your bill is changing

From 1 July 2010, prices will increase by 10.09%

This increase has been approved by the independent Essential Services Commission (ESC).


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The Carbon Tradies: on a mission to save Planet Earth

Your mission: The planet is in danger! If you care about the environment and want to help, join the Carbon Tradies - an elite group of eco-warriors sent from the future to help save the planet.

Play to win: Complete all 7 mini-games, answer the quiz,and get a score of 400 points or higher for a your chance to win the use of a Toyota Hybrid Camry for a year. Play and enter as many times as you like.

Play now at missionco2.com.au


Join the Carbon Tradies: an elite group of eco warriors.

Mission CO2 is a new online game for children and adults alike. In your journey, you'll join the Carbon Tradies on a mission to save the world. Each Tradie will guide you through a different real-world setting where you will discover ways to save water and energy, cut waste and reduce your impact on planet earth.

Play all 7 mini-games and submit your score to successfully complete your mission. Collect bonus points from the end-of-game quiz.

Each game and the quiz have a score out of 100. Complete all seven games and answer the quiz, and submit your score for a chance to win the use of a Toyota Hybrid Camry for a year.

Enter now, as the competition closes 23 October 2010.

Mission CO2 is brought to you by the savewater!® Alliance in partnership with Swinburne University's Faculty of Design.


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Water bottles for Vanuatu

A plastic drink bottle may not seem very exciting to many people, but for the staff and students at Lenakel Presbyterian College on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, it means the world.

Barwon Water supplied a group of Year 10 students from The Geelong College with around 60 water bottles to give to staff and students at Lenakel Presbyterian College as part of the school's "Fulfilling Lives" program.

Upon arriving in Vanuatu, it didn't take the students long to realise how easily they take our water and waste systems in Australia for granted.

Staff at Lenakel Presbyterian College, Vanuatu fill their Barwon Water drink bottles from a manual pump in the school grounds.

Lenakel is a small town with no reticulated water or sewage disposal system and residents rely on wells and tanks for their water and septic tanks for sewage. Unfortunately the septic tanks are often poorly maintained or working well beyond their capacity, and when combined with the rich but very porous island soil, often results in groundwater becoming contaminated.

Great care must be taken to get drinking water from a safe source, and it is necessary to carry drinking water when moving around the island. Access to supplies can be compounded by power failures and problems with pumps and piping, which can involve long waits for replacement fittings and parts. While drinking water can be bought, it is expensive and creates litter.

Barwon Water's gift of 60 water bottles was greatly appreciated by staff and students at Lenakel Presbyterian College.


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Barwon Water provides plastic drink bottles to a number of sporting clubs, community events, schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations.

For more information, visit our sponsorship page, or contact us.

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Bellarine Rail Trail detour

We are replacing a sewer main adjacent to the Bellarine Rail Trail to cater for future population growth on the Bellarine Peninsula.

For safety reasons, sections of the Bellarine Rail Trail between Coppards and Boundary Roads, Newcomb will be closed in sections over June as construction progresses.

The suggested detour is via Pitman St, Wilsons Rd, Elliot Crt, Orbit Dr, Solar Dr, Aeros St and Coppards Rd.

Signs will be displayed where detours are required.

Bellarine Rail Trail detour. The red line denotes the closed section of the rail trail. The blue line denotes the suggested detour.

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Experts attend stormwater information session

About 40 industry leaders and local government representatives discussed the benefits and challenges of stormwater harvesting at an information session hosted by Barwon Water and the G21 Geelong Region Alliance yesterday, 31 May 2010.

Left to right: General Manager Joe Adamski, Monash University Associate Professor Tim Fletcher, and Barwon Water Board Director John McDonald.

The session was facilitated by stormwater expert, Monash University Associate Professor Tim Fletcher, a member of Barwon Water's independent expert advisory panel.

The City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Golden Plains Shire were represented, with local developers and government agencies attending.

Professor Fletcher detailed the benefits of stormwater harvesting as a viable alternative water supply. He said obvious benefits included flood reduction, improved landscape amenity, protecting creeks and waterways, and reducing the urban heat island effect.

While Professor Fletcher explained the benefits of harvesting stormwater, he stressed the need for solutions to restore base water flows. Returning flows into rivers, creeks and groundwater can be achieved with simple and typically inexpensive water sensitive urban design principles such as swale drains, rain gardens, wetlands and rainwater tanks.

Cooperative arrangements between authorities, councils, residential management committees and body corporates are required for successful stormwater projects.

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Showerhead exchange

Swap your old showerhead for a new water efficient model.

Lisa Neville, Member for Bellarine, is hosting a showerhead exchange this Saturday 5 June at her electorate office.


10 am to 12 noon

Saturday 5 June 2010


Shop 1, Centro Newcomb

71 Bellarine Hwy, Newcomb VIC 3219

The showerhead exchange is available to Barwon Water residential customers.  

Please bring along a copy of your water bill, and your old showerhead.

For enquiries please contact Lisa Neville's office on (03) 5248 3462.

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Trigger nozzle exchange

Swap your old "twist" style hose nozzle for a more efficient trigger nozzle.

Nozzles can be exchanged at any of Barwon Water's customer service centres free of charge, while stocks last.

Barwon Water youth and environment ambassador Kelly Cartright with one of the new trigger nozzles

The Minister for Water announced the expansion of the trigger nozzle exchange program in celebration of World Environment Day and Victorians' shrinking water use.

Under Stage 1 water restrictions and permanent water saving measures, old twist style nozzles are no longer permitted for use but trigger nozzles can be used at any time on any day.


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Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy

The deadline for feedback on the Draft Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy has been extended.

The community have until Monday 21 June 2010 to provide submissions.

The draft strategy, released in March, outlines 60 proposals on water management over the next 50 years.

It aims to secure water for urban and rural users, rivers and aquifers across the western region which includes Colac, Port Campbell, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Portland.

The draft strategy can be downloaded from the Our Water Our Future website.

A final strategy is expected to be released later in 2010.

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