The new Great Western sewerage scheme has begun providing homes in Great Western (VIC) with a safe and efficient method of disposing of waste.

Officially opening the scheme with Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner at Seppelts Winery, Victorian Minster for Water Peter Walsh said an existing wastewater treatment plant owned by the winery had been modified to handle the town’s waste.

“This is an innovative solution to use existing infrastructure to support the wider town’s sewerage needs, and is an improvement on the previous septic tank system,” Mr Walsh said.

“Great Western was identified as a priority town to be sewered through the Victorian Government’s Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program.

“The sewerage scheme will overcome any environmental or health issues that can arise from existing septic tanks, absorption trenches and grey water systems.”

Twenty-seven properties have applied to connect to the scheme over the next two years.

Mr Turner said it was important for regional towns like Great Western to have the infrastructure and services they need, like an effective sewerage system, in order for the area to grow.

“This is a great project for Great Western that will improve the liveability of the area and also promote further development,” Mr Turner said.

Construction works commenced in Great Western in November 2012 with the project completed and commissioned on 1 October 2013.

The Victorian Government provided $215,000 towards the project as part of its Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program. The balance of the funding was provided by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landowners.

A new sewerage scheme was recently completed by GWMWater in Lake Bolac, with another underway in Rupanyup and scheduled for completion by the end of June this year.


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