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Floating Wetlands And Improved Water Security In Bass

15 September 2022

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in innovative new ways to improve water quality and increase habitat and biodiversity at Westernport Water’s wastewater treatment plant.

Minister for Water Harriet Shing inspected progress on the Restorative Wetland Carbon Storage pilot project at Cowes today, which is studying how floating wetlands can be used to manage treated effluent and emissions produced from wastewater treatment.

The Labor Government has invested $250,000 towards this project as part of the Integrated Water Management grant program, which co-invests in wastewater and stormwater projects that can contribute to water security, public and environmental health, and urban amenity.

The study is being run by Westernport Water, findings will be shared with the broader water industry and community.

This project is one of 11 metropolitan and 17 regional projects receiving a funding boost under the first round of the $14.1 million Integrated Water Management grants program.

A new liner and cover have also been installed at the San Remo Basin ensuring that Westernport Water can continue to provide consistent and reliable drinking water services for another 30 years.

The $2.6 million project will help prevent evaporation of the water supply from the San Remo water storage basin. The works were finished three months ahead of time and under budget without any impact to customers.

The San Remo Basin can store up to 30 million litres or about five days of supply and is an important part of the water supply system, providing a safe and reliable storage for Phillip Island and surrounding areas.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Harriet Shing

“This pilot project will support the water industry adapt to climate change and population growth, and provide multiple environmental benefits such as improved biodiversity, habitat and water quality.”

“The renewal of the basin ensures that the water future of one of Australia’s most popular tourism destinations remains secure.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale

“Nature-based solutions are important to the community and this pilot is just one example of many local innovations that will ensure the Bass Coast is well-positioned to meet future challenges.”

“Renewal of critical assets like the San Remo Basin is essential to the ongoing supply of water services that meet, or exceed customer expectations – meaning reliability for families, businesses and the local community.”

Reviewed 15 September 2022

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