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Romsey groundwater investigation

Western Water is investigating the feasibility of increasing the supply of groundwater to Romsey’s water supply system.

Project snapshot

Town(s): Romsey, 

Status: Planning

Cost: $300,000

Expected Completion Date: late September 2018

 What does this project involve?

  • Western Water is investigating the feasibility of increasing the supply of groundwater to Romsey’s water supply system.
  • The investigation involves drilling, test pumping and sampling groundwater at two test sites north of Romsey township—sites RA and RB on the map. The groundwater will need to meet Western Water’s supply and quality requirements before it can enter the local supply system.
  • The investigation will also involve an assessment of extraction on the wider aquifer. Approval by Southern Rural Water is required prior to any long-term extraction from this site.
  • Drill sites have been chosen as they are close to existing infrastructure, reducing the need to construct additional long transfer pipelines.
Romsey groundwater drill locations


When will drilling start?

Drilling is expected to commence mid-August 2018, once a contractor has been appointed. The drilling will take approximately four weeks to complete.

Why is this work being undertaken?

  • Enhancing Romsey’s water supply is important, particularly in periods of low rainfall, such as that experienced during the summer and autumn of 2018.
  • Romsey’s water is supplied from multiple sources—the local Kerrie and Wright reservoirs, local groundwater bores, Rosslynne Reservoir in Gisborne, and the Melbourne supply system.

What impacts can be expected during drilling?

Impacts will be kept to a minimum; however, the following may occur:

Traffic (site RA only)

As drilling equipment will be located on the roadside, speed restrictions may be in place for the duration of the works. No road impacts are expected from the discharge of water during pumping tests.

Noise and dust

There will be some construction noise from near the drill sites but this will occur during daytime thereby minimising disruption. Some dust may also be visible from the work site.


Fencing, barricades and trench covers may be used near the work site to ensure public safety. The contractor may also establish an equipment storage area nearby.

More information

For more information, email or contact Western Water’s Community Engagement Advisor on 1300 650 422 during business hours.

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