More than 20 rural and regional Victorian towns will receive improved access to quality drinking water supplies, Water Minister Peter Walsh announced today.
Mr Walsh said more than $11 million would be spent in the most recent round of grants from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Small Towns Water Quality Fund.
Mr Walsh said local government, water corporations, community and the Victorian Government were working together to improve drinking water quality and upgrade, monitor and improve wastewater management in Victoria’s small towns.
“The government is committed to ensuring that people who live in small towns still have access to quality drinking water,” Mr Walsh said.
“Improved water quality and access to sewerage will also help to increase growth and development in these areas.”
This round of works includes building of pipelines, upgrades to water treatment plants and installation of a UV-treatment system. Towns to receive funding include Rupanyup, Minyip and Donald.
Located in the state’s north-west, Donald’s 1400 residents will receive a $3.9 million local treatment plant to improve the local drinking water supply. The government has contributed
$1 million while Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMW) has contributed $2.9 million.
“The quality of the water supply in this area has a history of being poor and was affected even more after the January 2011 flood, that’s why this investment is top priority,” Mr Walsh said.
“The local water quality has been temporarily controlled through chlorination, but there is a real need to protect the water in this town for future generations.”
The treatment plant will be complete within three years and is based on Dissolved Air Filtration Floatation (DAFF) technology, on a site already owned by GWMW. DAFF technology minimises the use of chemicals in the purification process.
GWMW Customer Consultative Committees will also have a say in the project.
“We considered several ways to upgrade the water quality in Donald and the best option is to build a local treatment plant. By keeping the solutions for water at a local level, we are able make sure that we get the best outcomes for these towns,” Mr Walsh said.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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