The Western Irrigation Network (WIN) has commenced construction, creating a major recycled water supply system for dryland farmers in the Parwan Balliang region.
Works began following the signing of the funding agreement by the Victorian Minister for Water, the Hon Lisa Neville MP, and Western Water’s Board, to secure $48 million in funding from the Australian Government under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
Western Water's Managing Director, Jeff Rigby, says "the co-funding for the WIN demonstrates the national significance of the project".
"Strong population growth presents many challenges for our region, including how to manage the increasing volumes of recycled water due to this growth."
"After years in the planning, the WIN will address this challenge by delivering cost-effective recycled water supply for large-scale, productive agricultural use."
"The project will also protect the environment for future generations by avoiding excess recycled water releases into local waterways."
"WIN is a genuine win-win solution for our region."
The $116 million WIN project is also co-funded by Western Water, with contributions from the farmers in recognition of the transformative benefits from accessing a reliable, year-round supply of recycled water.
Project works underway for the WIN include a major 1.1 gigalitre recycled water storage at the Melton Recycled Water Plant, and a recycled water pipeline and pump station to connect supplies between the Melton and Bacchus Marsh treatment plants.