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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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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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Water restrictions eased to Stage 1

Water restrictions will be eased from Stage 2 to Stage 1 in the greater Geelong region from Sunday 3 October 2010.

Key changes to restrictions include:

  • lawns may now be watered by hand at any time
  • cars may be rinsed with a hose and trigger nozzle
  • all playing surfaces may be watered.

 

The decision to ease restrictions again follows excellent winter and early spring rain, and a dramatic increase in our water storages.

New water sources including the Anglesea Borefield, and strong community awareness of water conservation made the decision to ease restrictions a certainty.

Geelong's storages are currently at an 8-year high of 69.7%.

Other towns in our service region remain on permanent water saving measures. This includes Colac and surrounds, Lorne, Aireys Inlet, and Apollo Bay.

 

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Construction begins on the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline

Victorian Premier John Brumby turned the first sod for the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline; the largest infrastructure project in Barwon Water's 100 year history.

 

 

Mr Brumby said the pipeline will boost Geelong's water supplies by 50% by the end of 2012 and ensure local towns would be spared from harsh water restrictions in the future.

The 59 kilometre pipeline will link Barwon Water's Lovely Banks Basins in Geelong with the Melbourne system at Cowies Hill, near Werribee, so the region can share in the 150 billion litres of water the desalination plant can produce each year.

The Victorian Government has committed $20 million towards the project, with Barwon Water funding the balance of the $137.9 million project.

 

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Proudly presenting the new Barwon Water

Today we launched the new-look Barwon Water brand.

Much more than simply a logo, the new Barwon Water brand stands for leadership, sustainability, security, innovation and customer-connected relationships.

 

 

Customer feedback

Our new brand was developed in response to customer perception survey results that called for a "new Barwon Water"; one that showed that showed greater leadership, was more consultative and provided education, advice and support to the community.

 

Our Strategic Intent

Our Strategic Intent is our guiding document. It details our values, our promise to our customers, and the pillars on which our business is built.

The Strategic Intent encapsulates the essence of the Barwon Water brand. The new logo is a relatively small but very visual component of the "new Barwon Water".

 

Making a splash

Our new logo was developed through the "Make a splash" community competition, launched in March 2010.

The competition challenged students, businesses and community members to design a fresh and original brand to depict the spirit and future direction of Barwon Water.

From over 100 entrants, winners were selected in each of 3 categories: community, business and education.

Iconic elements of the three winning designs were combined together to create the new logo.

 

Competition winners

Education category winner: Josiah Combridge

Josiah Combridge of Lethbridge Primary School said the inspiration for his entry came from a lesson at school about water saving.

"My logo has the recycle sign with the words 'help save our water for us'," Josiah said.

"I got my idea off a lesson where we had to name things about how we save water and I said the 4 Rs - refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle - which reminded me of the recycle sign and that's how I thought it up," he said.

 

Business category winner:  GSDM Marketing

GSDM Production Director Shane McGrath said their business entry was based on Barwon Water's link to the environment.

"It incorporates a leaf, which represents sustainability and the environment, and water droplet. The two shapes are almost intertwined, or working together, just as Barwon Water works with the environment, community, and as a team," Mr McGrath said.

 

Community category winner: Mitchell Cox

Community winner Mitchell Cox's eye-catching design was a hit with the judges.

"I tried to capture that feeling of an invigorating splash of water to the face," he said.

 

Rolling out our new look

Hopefully, you will begin to notice our new brand around the region. You might see it on Barwon Water vehicles, our construction sites, on information bulletins, your next water bill, and of course on this website.

But the former brand, which was introduced in the early 1980s, will still persist for a while. The new logo will be introduced progressively, with items such as stationery updated as old stock runs out.

Please bear with us as we gradually update our forms, letters, brochures and signage with our fresh new look.


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Pipes delivered for Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline

Construction of the biggest project in our 100 year history moved a step closer as the first pipes for the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline were delivered to Geelong.

 

The 59 kilometre pipeline will link Barwon Water's Lovely Banks basins with the Melbourne network at Cowies Hill near Werribee.

It headlines a $900 million investment in water and sewerage infrastructure over the next 5 years, and is among key projects that will boost Geelong's supply by 75% of current demand and meet forecast growth.

The fibreglass pipes are 800 millimetres in diameter and 12 metres long, and are supplied under contract by South Australian manufacturer, Fibrelogic.

The construction contract for the pipeline has been awarded to Australian construction company, Abigroup.

Construction is due to begin in September 2010, and the project is expected to create around 200 jobs.

 

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Water restrictions eased

Water restrictions will be scaled back from Stage 3 to Stage 2 in the greater Geelong region from Wednesday 1 September 2010.

Residents will be able to water their gardens, vegetable gardens and trees at any time and wash their cars at home for the first time in 4 years. Sporting grounds will also benefit from an additional allocation of water.

The easing of restrictions follows our biggest storage increase in over 5 years.

Record capital investments and community water-saving efforts have been rewarded.

Detailed information on Stage 2 water restrictions will be posted online next week.

 

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Storage levels at 5-year high

If recent wintry weather has damped your spirits, take comfort in the news that Geelong's water storages are in their best shape since 2005.

Almost 100 mm was recorded at the West Barwon Reservoir in the Otway Ranges yesterday, the catchment's biggest daily rainfall event in over 5 years, boosting the reservoir level by 5 percentage points.

Combined with above-average flows in the Moorabool catchment, the recent rain has added around 5 billion litres to our combined storages, and is a valuable boost for our parched rivers and creeks. With more rain forecast for the weekend and our catchments damp, further inflows are expected next week.

Yesterday's rain pushed totals above the monthly average for West Barwon Reservoir. The August average is 144 mm. Already, 166 mm has been recorded for the month.

 

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Australian Business Awards win

We've won the 2010 Australian Business Award for "recommended employer" in the water supply sector.

Another day at the office fo Field Services staff Jacob Flanagan and Matthew Foote.

More than 140 businesses entered the recommended employer category, which recognises stimulating and supportive workplaces.

The win rewards the sucess of our cultural change journey that began with a staff survey in 2008, and has seen a raft of new innovations across Barwon Water in the past 2 years.

We pride ourselves on an open and honest culture, and a workplace that embraces teamwork, flexibility and fun.

We're commited to maintaining our position as an employer of choice, both within the Geelong region and across the water industry.

 

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