Maryborough will see improvements to water quality and have greater drought resilience thanks to a new $5.6 million water treatment facility announced by the Andrews Labor Government.
The new Reverse Osmosis Salt Reduction Plant will be integrated with existing surface water to improve water quality for residents and provide additional resilience to drought and climate variability.
Maryborough has experienced lower than average rainfall for many years. The low rainfall has resulted in low inflows and drier catchments, causing a deterioration in water quality. Lower water quality can affect water taste.
The improved facility will provide drinking water that meets all health-based water quality parameters, including taste and odour improvements.
The Build and Operate contract has been awarded to Veolia in a Public Private Partnership contract with Central Highlands Water.
Upgrading water infrastructure is an important part of developing the Victorian water grid which is providing water security for more communities right across the state.
Work is expected to be completed by November 2016.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“The Andrews Labor Government is helping communities right across Victoria secure access to reliable and quality water supplies.”
“This Plant will deliver quality drinking water for local residents and will ensure the Maryborough community has the infrastructure needed to provide a secure water supply now and into the future.”
Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Anthony Carbines
“We’re working with communities across the state to deliver long term strategies and practical on-ground projects to help build resilience in the system so authorities and the community can deal with the challenges of climate change.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford
“By investing in water supply resilience and improved water quality, we are supporting future regional growth, jobs and investment in the Maryborough region.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020