Expanding and linking recycled water in Kyneton
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
About the project
The primary objective of the project is to provide fit-for-purpose water than can replace potable water. This will expand opportunities for using recycled water in Kyneton through the construction of infrastructure to store winter releases from the sewage treatment plan to be used for urban irrigation during the summer months and to provide pipelines to key community facilities to delivery this water.
Delivery of this project will:
- reduce overall water extraction from the Lake Eppalock potable water supply catchment (a Proclaimed Water Supply Catchment under Victorian legislation) and in doing so will also help the growing community attain social, recreational and environmental benefits;
- enable the abandonment of two catchment dams and consequently increasing the volume of natural rainfall runoff into the Post Office Creek and Campaspe River;
- enable an increase in the reuse of the wastewater (treated sewage) from the township of Kyneton and consequently reducing the load of nutrients, contaminants and unseasonal flows release to the Campaspe River;
- improve the standard of turf at recreational facilities, sports grounds, the golf course thereby increasing the viability and utilisation of these important community recreational facilities for the growing Macedon Ranges region;
- potentially provide substitution supplies to rural residential land and avoid the need for new inefficient small catchment;
- facilitate and increase in the sustainable use of recycled water across the region, particularly where identified uses substitute existing demand for potable water supplies;
- enable the efficient watering of the historic Kyneton botanical gardens; and
- provide future opportunities for supplying recycled water to industry.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Macedon Ranges Shire Council directly on 03 5422 0333.
The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.