Expanding the Recycled Water Network in Ballarat

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering greater water security to Ballarat by supporting an expansion of the city’s recycled water network.

As part of the Integrated Water Management project we’re investing $1 million towards upgrading the capacity of the Ballarat North Water Reclamation Plant and recycled water pump station to deliver additional recycled water for irrigating recreational spaces in Ballarat.

The project is one of 11 metropolitan and 17 regional projects selected for funding under the first round of the $14.1 million Integrated Water Management grants program.

The project will increase the capacity of the Class A recycled water facility at the Ballarat North Water Reclamation Plant to 5 million litres daily and will increase recycled water pumping and pipeline supply capacities to Lake Wendouree.

It will also install new connections delivering recycled water to Wendouree West Recreation Reserve and Victoria Park for irrigation year round as well as create new opportunities for future recycled water usage, reducing the pressure on the city’s water supply.

The Andrews Labor Government has contributed $1 million from its Integrated Water Management grants program to the capital costs. Along with $2.55 million from Central Highlands Water, and $500,000 from the City of Ballarat. In total, the collaborative partnership will deliver a total investment of $4.45 million, including in-kind support.

This will see an increase in Central Highlands Water’s capacity to provide recycled water throughout the year, which is particularly important during the summer months.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“With climate change and more extreme climatic events, as well as the expected near doubling of Victoria’s population by 2051, we need to do more with less water.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“I’m pleased that we are partnering with City of Ballarat & Central Highlands Water to future proof our city.”

“The expansion of the Ballarat North Water Reclamation Plant will improve water security for the community and supporting the irrigation of the city’s green spaces all year round.”

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