Colac To Be Connected With Geelong Water System By Mid 2017

Colac To Be Connected With Geelong Water System By Mid 2017

Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville

Colac Pipeline To Secure Future Water Supply

Victor P Taffa

Construction of a new 11 km pipeline to help secure Colac’s water supply is another step closer after the contract was awarded to a local company.

“This is a hugely significant project for the Colac community creating jobs in the construction industry, improving water security and ensuring Barwon Water can cater for future growth.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

“The need for water restrictions in Colac earlier this year highlighted the vulnerability of the current water supply system which is entirely dependent on rainfall.”

Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced R Slater & Sons as the successful tenderer for the pipeline portion of the Colac water supply upgrade project.

Further contracts are still to be awarded for the construction of a 50 Million litre storage basin, pump station and diversion regulator.

Barwon Water last year announced it had accelerated plans to upgrade Colac’s water supply by two years, following an updated water security assessment.

Colac will be connected to the Geelong system by mid-2017 effectively doubling its supply capacity and boosting water security for the region.

“Connection to the Geelong system means Colac has a back-up supply source linking it the Victorian water grid.” Ms. Neville said.

The $19.3 Million upgrade will cater for future growth while reducing the threat of reduced catchment inflows in very dry years.

It will also offer protection against the risk of bushfires, land-slips and failure of the existing 28 km supply pipeline from the West Gellibrand and Olangolah reservoirs.

The project involves constructing a new off-take from the Wurdee Boluc channel near the existing Barwon Downs borefield pipeline, a new 50 Million litre storage basin and pump station at the Gerangamete treatment plant and an 11 km pipeline from there to the existing Colac supply pipeline.

“This project is another example of Barwon Water’s significant investment in water security.” Barwon Water Managing Director Joe Adamski said.

“Our diverse supply system means we are well placed to meet future demand.”

While the supplementary supply will be sourced from the Wurdee Boluc channel, water also could be accessed from the borefield under extreme dry conditions as a further security measure.

Construction is expected to begin in September.