June 20, 2008

Connewarre Reserve benefits from new recycled water pipeline

Barwon Water today turned on a pipeline to link Connewarre Reserve with the Black Rock water reclamation plant.

The 2.5 kilometre pipeline will enable the reserve to be irrigated with Class C recycled water.

Costing $232,600, the pipeline was jointly funded by Barwon Water, the Alcoa Foundation, Surf Coast Shire and a grant from the Victorian Government.

Barwon Water Executive Manager Customer Services Mike Paine said Barwon Water was pleased to be able to provide recycled water to the reserve as it was a valuable community resource.

“With the ongoing drought affecting community facilities, it is fantastic we have been able to develop a partnership with Alcoa and Surf Coast Shire to ensure Connewarre Reserve has a secure water supply,” Mr Paine said.

Alcoa Anglesea’s Acting Power Station Manager, Chris Rolland said: “Alcoa’s community partnership program aims to respond to community needs and I am delighted we have been able to partner with Barwon Water and the Surf Coast Shire on such a worthy sustainability initiative.

“Alcoa’s present commitment to Barwon Water is two-fold – Alcoa of Australia has donated $150,000 over three years for projects in Geelong and the Surf Coast Shire and the Alcoa Foundation has contributed $US55,000 directly to the Connewarre Reserve project. This complements work we have done over many years at our Victorian plants to reduce our own water usage,” Mr Rolland said.

Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout its 55-year history, the Alcoa Foundation has been a source of positive community change and enhancement, with nearly US$437 million invested since 1952. Alcoa Foundation’s primary focus is communities where Alcoa has a presence.

Surf Coast Mayor Cr Dean Webster said the council was delighted to have been part of the partnership to water the Connewarre Reserve, which comprised several separate projects.

“We appreciate the $80,000 received from Rural Development Victoria to get recycled water to Connewarre Reserve and a further $50,000 grant from Sport and Recreation Victoria to reticulate the reserve,” Cr Webster said.

“These grants have made a huge difference and have helped to ensure the ground can continue to accommodate local cricket, football and soccer training and competition,” he said.

“The council has introduced water saving measures that include installing irrigation systems at sporting grounds, an expanding water recycling program, currently serving five of our 11 sporting fields, planting drought resistant grasses and use of recycled water in road maintenance.

“These initiatives have yielded a 30 per cent reduction in water use at shire sporting grounds and in road maintenance programs across the past 12 months,” Cr Webster said.

“It is great to see Connewarre included in the program. Hopefully, in a few years’ time, we can proudly announce that all our sporting fields are using recycled water, reducing our reliance on potable water.”