The recently completed Barwon to Colac water pipeline in Victoria was switched on for the first time on Monday 30 April 2018 to boost water supplies to Colac.

The decision to use the new pipeline follows prolonged dry conditions and Colac’s water storages dipping below half-full.

By switching on the back-up supply, Barwon Water can maintain storages until rain fills Colac’s main sources, the West Gellibrand and Olangolah reservoirs.

The decision also means that water restrictions are now highly unlikely to be required for Colac and surrounding towns.

The $19 million infrastructure project incorporates an 11km pipeline, 50 million-litre water basin and a pumping station.

The project – which was fast-tracked by two years – provided stimulus for the local economy, with several contracts awarded to regionally-based businesses.

The upgrade ensures water security by providing access to the West Barwon Reservoir via Wurdee Boluc channel.  

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications.
Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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