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Water supply update for Melton

26 April 2021

As part of planned upgrade works being carried out to our network, Western Water is temporarily changing the water supply in some neighbourhoods in Melton.

Some neighbourhoods in Melton will switch to receive water from Merrimu Reservoir while others will receive a blend of water from the Melbourne supply system and water from Merrimu Reservoir.

Some parts of Melton West, Harkness and Kuranjang, indicated on the map below, will switch to water from Merrimu Reservoir this week.

Other neighbourhoods in Melton, Rockbank and Eynesbury will receive a blend of water from the Melbourne supply system and water from Merrimu Reservoir.

The supply will go back to the Melbourne system in three weeks.

Currently, these neighbourhoods in Melton are supplied by water from the Melbourne supply system. They will soon be supplied with water from Merrimu Reservoir.

Water from Merrimu Reservoir will also be used to top up the water supply for the rest of Melton, but these neighbourhoods will be supplied with a combination of water from the Melbourne supply system and Merrimu Reservoir.

What will I notice when the supply changes?

Some customers may notice a slight change to the taste and smell of their water this week and when the supply is switched back in three weeks. The change will be gradual over a few days.

The water supplied will continue to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for health and safety.

Why does the water supply change?

Western Water uses a number of water sources to ensure a secure water supply for customers.

Having access to multiple sources ensures we can meet demand, cater for a growing population and manage water supplies when inflows are low.

When local supplies are low, or reservoirs are at decreased capacity, supply changes ensure our customers have access to water that is safe, healthy to drink and meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Sometimes, there are exceptions to this rule. From time to time, we may need to bring supply changes forward when upgrade works are being carried out, or when weather conditions increase demand.

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