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Painkalac Reservoir community open day

Painkalac Reservoir is now open to the public.

You're invited to an open day to mark the opening of the Painkalac Reservoir for recreational use.


1.30  — 4.30 pm,

Saturday 22 April 2017


Painkalac Reservoir, Moggs Creek

Meet at the Distillery Creek picnic area off Bambra Road

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Painkalac Reservoir, located north of Moggs Creek, formerly supplied water to the nearby townships of Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven. With these towns now connected to the diverse and secure greater Geelong water supply network, Painkalac Reservoir has been opened to the public for walking, riding, bushwalking, bird watching, picknicking and recreational fishing.

Join us to explore the reservoir and learn about the facilities.

We will meet at the Distillery Creek picnic area off Bambra Road at 1.30 pm for a 1.45 pm walk in. The walk to the reservoir is approximately three kilometres and is expected to take about 45 minutes. We will also be running a mini-bus.

To register your interest and assist us with catering, please contact 1300 656 007 or email.

Please note: as the reservoir is surrounded by the Great Otway National Park, dogs are not allowed.

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Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale water main re-alignment

Customers in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale will experience reduced water pressure during work to re-align the water main supplying these towns.

The water main will be turned off for approximately 36 hours during the week beginning Monday 1 May 2017. The exact timing is weather-dependent, although we will try to complete the works early in the week and as quickly as possible.

During this time, we will connect affected customers to an alternative water supply. This will result in lower water pressure. We realise this work impacts our community, and we’re committed to working with all affected customers to minimise the inconvenience.

The re-alignment is a result of roadworks associated with constructing an entrance to The Point development from the Bellarine Highway.

For more details, please refer to the Queenscliff / Point Lonsdale water main re-alignment project page

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Solar contract awarded

Our first solar energy project is a step closer with the contract to design and build a megawatt-rated solar farm at the Black Rock environmental precinct awarded to Beon Energy Solutions.

The 2,880-panel solar array will feed renewable energy directly to the water reclamation plant — our most power-hungry asset.

The project will generate around 1,300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity  sufficient to power
about 300 homes  and save around 1,500 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually. The solar farm will mean about 13% of the treatment plant’s electricity is supplied from a renewable source. We are aiming to power our sites with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

The solar project will save more than $130,000 in annual operating costs; more if grid electricity prices rise. The project is expected to pay for itself within 11 years.

With completion expected by December 2017, it is on-track be the first megawatt-scale solar farm in southern Victoria.

  Media release: Solar project contract awarded (23 March 2017)

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Board positions 2017: Expressions of interest

Have you considered being on a Victorian water corporation board?

The Victorian Government is committed to community engagement and increasing diversity in water sector leadership. This will encourage new ideas and ensure we best reflect our diverse communities.

With the terms of 89 existing water corporation directors, including seven chairpersons, expiring on 30 September 2017, the Minister for Water, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, is inviting expressions of interest in these positions.

If you have experience in one or more of the following disciplines, you should consider contributing your skills on a water corporation board:

  • financial and commercial management
  • community engagement
  • land and water management
  • climate change
  • strategy and business management
  • infrastructure and project management
  • corporate governance

Applicants are required to apply online via the Get on Board website. Here you will find further information regarding the recruitment process, the roles and information on the Victorian water sector.

Applicants with further enquiries or those with difficulties in accessing the documents should contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Applications close Monday 3 April 2017.

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Community panel convened

Ever wondered how Barwon Water sets prices for water and sewerage services?

This weekend provides a chance to understand the process, with the corporation inviting customers and the wider community to register as observers as a Community Panel meets to help shape future water prices.

Convened as part of Barwon Water’s 2018 Pricing Submission process, the panel of 30 randomly selected customers will come together on Saturday and Sunday to consider the questions: “what do you value most about your water and sewerage services and what do you expect in the future”.

The 2018 Price Submission will provide the basis for the Essential Services Commission to set the maximum prices that can be charged for the five-year regulatory period commencing 1 July 2018.

Following this weekend’s meeting, the panel would come together for a final session to prepare a report for the Barwon Water Board containing its recommendations on prices.

Observers are welcome at Saturday and Sundays panel meetings. If you’re interested, please register online.

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Parkland proposal for historic aqueduct

We are planning to open up 66 hectares of public parkland around the historic aqueduct in Breakwater.

The plan was revealed today by Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines and Barwon Water Managing Director Tracey Slatter at the aqueduct site.

Under the proposed plan, the majority of the heritage-listed ovoid aqueduct will be retained, with some spans removed to allow safe access from land and water.

The proposal would unlock the environmental and recreational values of the Barwon River, while preserving an important part of Geelong’s history.

The 756-metre long aqueduct was commissioned in 1916 and provided the means for Geelong’s first main outfall sewer pipe to cross over the Barwon River on its way to Bass Strait. It was decommissioned in 1992 when a new sewer line was built under the river.

Access under the structure – on land and water – has been prohibited since 1995 due to the risk of falling concrete.

The parkland proposal also provides for walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage and seating on the north side of the river.

We have been working closely with the Barwon River Parklands Steering Committee, Heritage Victoria and other agencies, and we’re now seeking feedback from the broader community.

  Your say: Aqueduct Park proposal

  Victorian Government media release: Parkland proposal For Geelong’s historic aqueduct

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New Managing Director begins

Barwon Water has welcomed Tracey Slatter as new Managing Director.

Tracey was appointed to the role in October 2016 and began official duties on Monday 16 January 2017.

A highly qualified senior executive, Tracey has more than 20 year’s experience in local government and the public service.

Most recently, Tracey was Chief Executive Officer at the City of Port Phillip. She is delighted to return to the region, having lived and worked previously as Chief Executive Officer at Colac Otway Shire and Head of Claims at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Tracey’s priorities include customer affordability and customer service with a growing focus on climate change, regional growth, liveability, environmental stewardship, community engagement and workplace diversity.

  Media release: new Managing Director begins

  Management and Board

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Holiday season trading hours 2016-2017

We would like to wish our customers and community a safe and happy festive season.

Our customer contact centre and South Geelong trade counter will be closed from 1 pm, this Friday 23 December 2016 until Monday 2 January 2017.

We will resume normal hours from Tuesday 3 January 2017.

As always, our emergencies and faults hotline is available 24×7 on 1300 656 007.

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Stony Creek Reservoir open for angling

Recreational anglers can once again cast a line at Upper Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1, with the site re-opened to the public for the first time in more than a decade.

Located about 40 kilometres from Geelong on the Geelong-Ballan Road, north of Anakie, the three Upper Stony Creek reservoirs are part of Barwon Water’s Moorabool water supply system.

More than 5,000 trout have been added to Stony Creek Reservoir No. 1. Pictutred: Mick Bettanin, Catchment Management Officer, Barwon Water and John Hotchin, Secretary, Associated Geelong and District Angling Clubs.

As part of its 2016 strategic blueprint for the future, Barwon Water identified water for recreation as a key focus area and committed to delivering shared benefits for the community through waterway planning and management that recognises recreational values.

We worked in partnership with Fisheries Victoria to re-stock the reservoir, releasing 5,800 brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Recognised by the National Heritage Trust as being of state significance for its place in the history of Geelong water supply, the reservoir is a perfect location for bushwalking, picnicking and bird watching.

  Recreational areas

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Target Your Water Use


Use our precious water wisely

Target Your Water Use is a voluntary water efficiency program to assist and encourage regional Victorians to use their water wisely.

The program applies to residential and business urban water customers in regional Victoria.

Using water responsibly is everyone’s opportunity to help secure water supplies and create greener and more liveable communities for now and into the future.

Target Your Water Use is a Victorian Government initiative.


We need to use our water more efficiently

Climate change poses a serious risk to our water future. We know, over the long-term, there will be less rainfall, less run-off into our rivers and storages, and more severe and prolonged droughts.

Population growth in our regional cities and towns is placing increasing pressure on our water storages. In the year to June 2015, regional Victoria’s population grew to 1.14 million, an increase of 7,800 people.

A diverse range of water sources and efficiency measures are needed to help ensure there will be enough water to meet all our needs now and into the future.

Target Your Water Use is about taking a longer-term view about our water usage habits by ensuring all Victorians have access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the amount of water they use.

We all have a role in responsible water use and by using water wisely we can help secure water supplies and create greener and more liveable communities now and into the future.


Helping you to target your water use

Target Your Water Use provides useful information to regional Victorians on how to be more water efficient within their homes and how to use water more wisely.

Working in collaboration, regional urban water corporations — including Barwon water — are providing a suite of products, services and solutions on how to use water more wisely.

  • Permanent Water Saving Rules. Common sense rules to assist with conserving water now and for the future.
  • Schools education program. Across Victoria, local water corporations are engaging with primary, secondary and tertiary students to educate them on the water cycle and how to use water wisely.
  • Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP). The program enables schools to track their water usage using data loggers. By monitoring water use, schools can detect and fix leaks, saving water and money.
  • Comparative water usage. Water customers can see how much water they have used compared to previous months and years simply by looking at their bill. Armed with this information they can make more informed choices about when and how to use water more efficiently.  
  • National Water Week. Each year National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, education providers, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.
  • Urban Water Strategy. All Victorian water businesses are engaging with their customers and local communities to develop their Urban Water Strategies. These strategies will outline how water businesses will manage demand for, and ensure sufficient supplies of, drinking water across their service regions.


More information

  Permanent water saving rules for residential customers

  Permanent water saving rules for business customers

  Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)

  Water Supply Demand Strategy 2012–2062

  Target Your Water Use website

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