December 28th, 2022Climate for water security: $15M pipeline investment to ‘future-proof’ Daylesford water supply
Central Highlands Water’s announcement last week of a $15 million investment in Daylesford’s long-term water supply security has been hailed as a welcome boost for the region’s future growth and climate resilience.
And as part of the operations of the asset when complete CHW has committed to 100% use of renewable energy by 2025.
CHW’s Chair, Angeleen Jenkins: “The new 14-kilometre water pipeline will provide enhanced security of water supply within the region and will future-proof the water needs of the service area against the impacts of climate change.
“This major capital investment in Daylesford’s water reserves will support long-term prosperity, growth and development within the region”.
It will be able deliver more than 300 million additional litres per annum of supplementary raw water for the community. This means during periods of dry climate and drought, the pipeline will complement Daylesford’s 2 existing major surface water supplies, the Wombat and Bullarto Reservoirs.
The underground 400mm diameter raw waterpipelinewill extend from Blampied, connecting to the Goldfields Superpipe, and utilising existing power easements and road reserves where possible. The end connection for the pipeline will be at the Daylesford Water Treatment Plant.
The successful contractor for this significant project is S & R Construction and Engineering. The development of the water pipeline will be undertaken in three stages, with commencement of pipeline construction work to begin in early 2023 and with the expected completionof works in the second half of 2024.
Hepburn Shire Council Mayor Cr Brian Hood: “Securing water for the future through the delivery of this valuable infrastructureis important for local residents, businesses and tourism as well as for the next generation of our water users.”
CHW says it will now continue working with the Hepburn Shire Council and with cultural, environmental and community stakeholders around planning and delivery of the project.