Lake wa­ter will be on tap

McIvor Times - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

RAW wa­ter that sup­plies cus­tomers in Heath­cote and Toob­o­rac has changed from Cale­do­nia Reser­voir to Lake Ep­palock.

Phillip Fasham, Coliban Wa­ter wa­ter qual­ity act­ing ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager, said the change in the raw wa­ter sup­ply source was nec­es­sary due to the low wa­ter lev­els in Cale­do­nia Reser­voir.

“We were ap­proach­ing the level where we needed to switch our raw wa­ter sup­ply from Cale­do­nia Reser­voir to Lake Ep­palock. Wa­ter lev­els within Cale­do­nia Reser­voir are de­clin­ing and the weather con­di­tions are get­ting warmer, which cre­ates a po­ten­tial for poor raw wa­ter qual­ity to develop in Cale­do­nia Reser­voir,’’ Mr Fasham said.

“We made the change to Lake Ep­palock to avoid any po­ten­tial for poor qual­ity drink­ing wa­ter be­ing pro­vided to our Heath­cote and Toob­o­rac cus­tomers.”

Coliban Wa­ter said cus­tomers should not no­tice any change to the drink­ing wa­ter they re­ceive.

“All drink­ing wa­ter is treated to a stan­dard that meets the re­quire­ments of the Aus­tralian Drink­ing Wa­ter Guide­lines and Vic­to­ria’s Safe Drink­ing Wa­ter Act,’’ Mr Fasham said.

Mr Fasham said the Heath­cote Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant has the abil­ity to draw wa­ter from a num­ber of sources in the event of wa­ter qual­ity or se­cu­rity of sup­ply con­cerns.

“We have the abil­ity to draw wa­ter from three raw wa­ter sources — Cale­do­nia Reser­voir, our wa­ter share in Lake Ep­palock or back­feed wa­ter from Sand­hurst Reser­voir in Bendigo, which con­tains wa­ter sourced from our Coliban catch­ment stor­ages near Kyne­ton,’’ he said.

“This pro­vides us with greater op­tions in how we man­age our raw wa­ter sup­ply sources.”

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