Romsey will have better drinking water supply security in times of drought, after the completion of Western Water’s Romsey bore project.
The $1.9 million project has included upgrades to the Romsey bore and water filtration plant, a new pipeline to transfer the water, and expansion of Western Water’s monitoring bore network.
Western Water’s Managing Director, John Wilkinson, says the completion of the project means Romsey has a reliable local water supply if the Kerrie Reservoir gets too low.
“This will save us pumping water from Melbourne, which is expensive and creates a lot of carbon emissions,” he says
“If the bore water is needed, it will be blended with reservoir water, filtered and treated before it is supplied to homes and businesses.
“The upgrade to the water filtration plant on Glenfern Rd means this will be the highest quality drinking water possible.”
Romsey’s population is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years, creating more demand for drinking water.
Mr Wilkinson says groundwater in the area will be monitored closely to ensure the bore is not having an adverse effect on the area’s groundwater.
“We have drilled 10 monitoring bores and set up a monitoring program,” Mr Wilkinson says.
“Under the bore licence, we will report regularly to Southern Rural Water on the results of these checks.”