The towns of Landsborough and Navarre in central Victoria now have access to a clean drinking water supply for the first time.
Water Minister Peter Walsh said as a result of recent upgrades to the existing Landsborough/Navarre Water Treatment Plant, about 600 local residents would now have a secure supply of drinking water.
"The residents of Landsborough and Navarre are now being supplied with treated drinking water, which is sourced from a local bore and processed through a new desalination facility at the water treatment plant," Mr Walsh said.
"This project is another example of how the Government is focussed on localised water solutions for Victoria's rural areas."
Landsborough and Navarre were previously supplied untreated raw water from the Landsborough Reservoir and a groundwater bore.
"The Victorian Government and Central Highlands Water have helped fund this project which will secure a drinking water supply to these communities for next 50 years," Mr Walsh said.
Today Mr Walsh unveiled a public drinking water fountain in Landsborough to commemorate the commissioning of the water supply.
"I'd like to thank Central Highlands Water, Pyrenees Shire and Northern Grampians Shires for their work on the project," Mr Walsh said.
"The community have shown patience during the construction and commissioning of the treatment plant and I'd like to thank them and Central Highlands Water for their commitment to developing the facility for the district."