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Water restrictions removed in Apollo Bay

Stage 2 water restrictions will be lifted in Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek from 1 am on Saturday 1 May 2010.

Simple, commonsense, permanent water saving measures will apply in place of the restrictions.

Restrictions have been required through the warmer months due to the limited capacity of the Marengo basin and the added demand from the summer tourist influx.

Planning is well underway for a new 250 million litre storage, complementing the existing 125 million litre basin, and securing water for the future.

Construction on the new storage is set to begin in 2012. 

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Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy forum

We would like your feedback on the Victorian Government's Draft Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy at a public forum in Colac.

The forum will be held on Wednesday 14 April 2010.

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.

Registrations are essential. Please contact us for more information.

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

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Sustainable Home and Garden Expo exceeds expectations


More than 12,000 visitors flocked to Steampacket Gardens on the Labour Day long weekend for the inaugural Sustainable Home and Garden Expo.

Not even the wild weather could dampen the spirits of visitors, exhibitors and staff.

More than 50 stall-holders relished the opportunity to share their products and services with a captivated audience. Many not-for-profit groups found the expo an ideal venue to promote their group, while businesses reported many visitors were actively seeking ways to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives. Feedback was highly positive, with exhibitors and visitors alike keen to sign on for future events.

The guest speakers' program brought a host of topics to the one marquee. Hosts Denis Walter and Catriona Rowntree propelled the program. Jane Edmanson's presentation on drought tolerant gardening drew a huge crowd, while Vasili Kanidiadis kept his audience entertained and informed.

The Barwon Water hub was a hive of activity, with thousands keen to collect their free bucket, soil conditioner and native plant.

The team at Barwon Water are already busy planning for a bigger and better expo in 2011.

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Apollo Bay storage site selected

A preferred site for Apollo Bay's new water storage has been selected following an extensive review.

Apollo Bay, Marengo, and Skenes Creek are currently supplied by the Marengo Basin. Continued growth and summer tourist influxes have forced the towns into water restrictions for the past 9 consecutive summers, due to it's limited capacity.

More than 26 options were considered as part of the review and consultation process.

The site is within the area previously earmarked for the Great Ocean Green development.

The new 250 million litre storage, combined with the existing 125 million litre Marengo basin will meet forecast growth until 2055.

Cost is estimated at more than $15 million. Construction is expected to commence in 2012.

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Community and stakeholder forum

Staff, stakeholders and community members debate water supply options at the water forum.

Staff, stakeholders and community members debate water supply options at the water forum.

About 70 community members and stakeholders attended our water forum on Thursday 4 March to discuss the topic “Alternative water supply options for the future”.

We received valuable input from the community, notably around the topics of recycled water and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR).

The forum yielded important feedback on future water planning.

There was strong support for water recycling, particularly local recycling projects where water is treated and used on site, such as the Northern Water Plant project near Shell.

Community and stakeholder representatives also wanted to see more investigations into stormwater re-use, groundwater and ASR, but noted such systems must not come at the expense of the environment.

Another major theme was the need for ongoing water conservation and a focus on reducing demand.

Members of our independent expert advisory panel, Associate Professor Tim Fletcher of Monash University and Dr Rick Evans of SKM, gave fascinating insights into alternative water supply options for the region.

Paul Northey, General Manager Capital Projects and Greenhouse, gave an overview of current and upcoming major projects including the Northern Water Plant, Anglesea Borefield and Melbourne-Geelong Interconnection.

Forum participants broke into table discussions to discuss alternative water supply options, considering factors such as reducing environmental impact, conserving water, water recycling and minimising cost.

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Make a splash!

Help us create a new look.

We're listening to you.

We're changing the way we do things.

We need your help to create a fresh and vibrant new look for Barwon Water.

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Follow us on Twitter

Do you tweet?

We do. Starting now, all our latest items will be broadcast on Twitter.

Follow us at twitter.com/barwonwater.

You can also use Twitter to talk to us. And if you like something we've got to say, feel free to re-tweet!

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our brand new website. We've re-designed it from scratch to give you the best experience we can.

It's more than a mere facelift. We've completely re-vamped our navigation to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. We've reviewed all our info to make it easier for you to read. And we've added new functionality, like customised pages based on your location.

We've also done heaps more that you probably won't even notice, like going to great lengths to ensure our site meets accessibility requirements for our customers with special needs.

But we're not resting on our laurels. In fact, this is just the beginning. We'll be adding plenty more “bells and whistles” to make our site more dynamic and engaging. Watch this space.

Here are a few pages you might want to explore:

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Water restrictions wound back

Water restrictions for the greater Geelong region have been eased from Stage 4 to Stage 3.

The main benefits to customers under Stage 3 Water Restrictions include:

  • increased watering times, up to 8 hours per week
  • dripper systems can now be used during designated times
  • active sporting surfaces (such as turf wickets, bowling greens and golf tees) can be watered during specified hours.

Chairman Roger Lowrey said the roll back was a significant turning point: “The lion's share of the credit goes to our community, who have responded magnificently to restrictions over the past four years”.

Since Stage 4 water restrictions were introduced in December 2006, our customers have saved more than 33,900 million litres (5600 litres better than forecast).

Favourable spring rainfall and the fast-tracked Anglesea Borefield also contributed to our decision to ease restrictions.

We will continue to invest heavily in infrastructure to secure our long term water supply. Our major projects — the Anglesea Borefield, Melbourne-Geelong interconnection and Northern Water Plant — will deliver an extra 75% of demand within the next 5 years.

More information

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Meet our ambassadors

Meet Kelly Cartwright and Joel Corey: our youth and environment ambassadors.

Paralympian Kelly Cartwright and AFL footballer Joel Corey

Kelly Cartwright is a 2009 World Record holding paralympic sprinter. The Geelong resident had her right leg amputated after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer at age 15. Forced to give up her beloved netball, but determined to stay fit, healthy and active, Kelly represented Australia in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics at age 18. She currently holds the World Record for the 200 metre sprint (above-knee amputee). Kelly works in Barwon Water's Marketing and Communications team.

Joel Corey is a Geelong Football Club dual premiership player. The AFL champion midfielder is considered one of the top stoppage players in the competition due to his hardness at the contest and clean handball skills. Joel claimed the club's best and fairest honours — the Carji Greeves Medal — in 2005 and 2008, and has twice been selected for the All-Australian team. Joel is part of Geelong's 6-man leadership group. He works in the Marketing and Communications group at Barwon Water.

Our ambassadors are often out and about at community events around the region. Feel free to say hello!

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