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Melbourne to Geelong pipeline starts flowing

The Melbourne to Geelong water pipeline has been switched on for the first time, with water from the Melbourne system flowing into Barwon Water’s Lovely Banks basins. The 59 km pipeline connects the Lovely Banks storage basins with Melbourne’s supply network at Cowies Hill, west of Werribee. Completed in December 2012, the $80 million pipeline …

The Melbourne to Geelong water pipeline has been switched on for the first time, with water from the Melbourne system flowing into Barwon Water’s Lovely Banks basins.

The 59 km pipeline connects the Lovely Banks storage basins with Melbourne’s supply network at Cowies Hill, west of Werribee.

Completed in December 2012, the $80 million pipeline project was one of the biggest in Barwon Water’s 100-year history.

The Melbourne to Geelong pipeline was part of a record $750 million investment program between 2008 and 2013 to diversify the region’s water sources and service growth.

The pipeline provides Geelong with a back-up water source to supplement its surface water storages.

Extremely dry conditions across Barwon Water’s service region have seen storages drop to levels not seen since the millennium drought, prompting the water corporation to place an order for 6 gigalitres of water from the Thomson/Yarra catchment.

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