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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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Community and stakeholder forum - feedback report

In March 2010, we held our second regional water forum and invited a wide group of community members and stakeholders

The forum yielded important feedback on future water planning. The approximately 70 people who participated showed clear support for the increased use of recycled water, stormwater harvesting and continued conservation efforts.

Approximately 70 community members and stakeholders attended our second regional water forum im March 2010.

We've collated and published participants' feedback from the forum, and present it here. The report is presented in 2 parts:

  1. Summarised feedback, listed by topic
  2. Unedited feedback, listed by table.

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Northern Water Plant works approval

We have submitted a works approval application to EPA Victoria for the Northern Water Plant project.

The works approval is required under the Environment Protection Act to address potential impacts on the environment including noise, waste, energy consumption, odour and air emissions.

More information on the application can be viewed on the EPA website.

The EPA are also hosting an online discussion forum and welcome feedback on the project. 

Submissions are invited via the online forum or in writing to EPA Victoria by 10 June 2010.

 

More information

 

 


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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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Northern Water Plant information kiosk

The $90 million Northern Water Plant project involves the construction of a new water recycling plant in northern Geelong.

The plant will supply approximately 2000 million litres of Class A recycled water a year for use in Shell Geelong Refinery's industrial processes, saving 5% of Geelong's current drinking water demand.

It will also provide recycled water for nearby sports and recreational facilities such as Stead Park.

Construction is scheduled to begin late 2010 and to be completed by mid-2012.

Come and learn more about the project at our information kiosk in the Corio Shopping Centre.

When Thursday 20 May to Sunday 23 May 2010
Time 10 am to  3 pm daily
Where

Corio Shopping Centre
Bacchus Marsh Road, Corio


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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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