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Bannockburn Land Purchase

Barwon Water has purchased 150 hectares of land four kilometres south of its Bannockburn water reclamation plant for use as a standby irrigation site for recycled water.

The Spring Creek Road site will be irrigated with Class C water in the event the storage lagoons at the water reclamation plant reach capacity. 

Barwon Water acting General Manager Strategy and Planning Peter Morgan said a recent upgrade of the plant – which included construction of new lagoons – meant discharge to the site was not expected to occur for some years. However, it was prudent to have plans in place to meet future growth.

“Forecasts indicate Bannockburn will continue growing and the land purchase will ensure we can manage increased volumes of recycled water,” Mr Morgan said. 

“If we found ourselves in a situation where the lagoons were full and recycled water customers were unable to take any more water, we could transfer the excess by pipeline to irrigate pasture at the Spring Creek Road site,” he said. 

He said the pipeline between the plant and the irrigation site would be constructed in the next few years.  

Further re-use opportunities at Barwon Water’s major water reclamation plants, including Bannockburn, were being investigated in line with the corporation’s commitment to increase the use of recycled water, he added.