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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: Complete

Cost: $300,000

Expected Completion Date: October 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 exploratory drilling, test pumping and sampling groundwater at two sites north of Romsey township. 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.
  • Sites have been chosen as they are close to existing infrastructure, reducing the need to construct additional long transfer pipelines.
When will work start?

Drilling at the Western Water high-level tank site is now complete, with one observation bore and one production bore completed.

The next phase is to undertake a seven-day pump test of the newly constructed bore, to be undertaken early in 2019. This is to determine how the aquifer yield will respond to the test. Information will also be gathered on water level drawdowns in surrounding observation bores.  

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.

More information

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

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