New recycled water storage to supply the Western Irrigation Network
Last month, Greater Western Water marked the completion of a major part of the Western Irrigation Network with water now flowing into a new 1.1 gigalitre recycled water storage dam at the Melton Recycled Water Plant.
Greater Western Water Managing Director, Maree Lang, and Chief Executive Advisor, Jeff Rigby, joined project partners to celebrate the milestone for the $116 million project.
By next year, the water stored at the dam will irrigate thousands of hectares of farmland, supporting agricultural production in the Parwan-Balliang region. By 2050, WIN will be capable of supplying 18.3 gigalitres of recycled water annually.
Greater Western Water Managing Director Maree Lang said using the region’s recycled water for agricultural purposes offers great value for customers, community and environment.
“Thanks to the support of the Victorian and Federal governments and local agribusinesses, we’ll be able to supply a region that experiences unreliable rainfall with the water it needs to thrive,” Ms Lang said.
WIN is jointly funded by Greater Western Water, the private agribusinesses who will become the network’s foundation customers and the Australian Government’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
The project is set for completion in 2025. Find out more.
Photo L – R: Travis Rooney, WIN Project Contractor Greater Western Water; Jeff Rigby, Chief Executive Advisor Greater Western Water; Harriet Shing, Parliamentary Secretary for Water; Steve McGhie, Member for Melton; Maree Lang, Managing Director Greater Western Water; Warren Price, WIN Project Manager Greater Western Water.