Rupanyup is one of more than 20 Victorian towns to receive improved access to quality drinking water supplies and wastewater services, through the latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s Small Towns Water Quality Fund.
A 20 kilometre pipeline and an expanded Murtoa wastewater treatment plant, totalling $2.7 million, will be constructed to supply 201 residential and 52 non-residential allotments in Rupanyup with fully treated water.
Water Minister Peter Walsh said by improving water quality in Rupanyup, the growth and development of the wider region would also improve.
“The combined efforts of local government, water corporations, community and the Coalition Government mean that drinking water quality improvements through upgrades and new facilities are big wins for these small towns,” Mr Walsh said.
“We recognise that investment in Victoria’s rural towns is needed and we are doing this by improving access to good quality drinking water and sewerage networks.”
Local Yarriambiack councillor and community member Cr Ray Kingston was delighted with the announcement.
“This is very exciting. Of all the essential services, having good quality drinking water straight from the tap is absolutely vital,” Cr Kingston said.
“Prior to the floods and bushfires having such a devastating effect on our water supply, our water was nearly pristine, and to be able to return to having high quality water is a huge boost for the whole community.”
This latest round of works under the Small Towns Water Quality Fund includes eight projects, which involve the building of pipelines, upgrades to water treatment plants and installation of a UV-treatment system.
More information about the Small Towns Water Quality Fund is available at www.water.vic.gov.au/saving/towns/small-town-water-quality-fund
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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