20 March 2012
Agribusinesses in Gisborne South are set to reap the benefits of a secure recycled water supply, with the construction of the new recycled water pipeline and upgrades to existing infrastructure about to commence.
Previously, during prolonged periods of drought, businesses in the area were reliant on tank and dam water, often having to supplement this with other, more expensive options such as bore water and trucked in recycled water.
In addition to this guaranteed water supply, the scheme has the potential to attract new and diverse businesses which, along with providing employment opportunities, will position the area as a regional food bowl. Increased environmental flows to Jacksons Creek will be another welcome benefit.
The total cost of this project is estimated at $5.5 million. Western Water will be investing $3.962 million, with the Victorian Government providing $1.27 million – participating businesses and landholders will contribute approximately $278,000.
Construction is expected to be completed by December 2012.
Western Water will be working closely with contractors to ensure any potential disruptions are kept to a minimum and that residents and businesses are kept informed throughout the duration of the project.
For more information, telephone 1300 650 425.