Sunday, July 21, 2024

$72m Victorian water pipeline contract awarded

Greener spaces and businesses are one step closer for communities in Kingston, Monash, after the awarding of a contract for the new 42km pipeline to deliver recycled water to Melbourne’s south-east.

Victorian Minister for Water, Harriet Shing today announced Abergeldie, BMD & KBR (ABK) was awarded the contract for the $72 million Dingley Recycled Water Scheme project.

“Using fit-for-purpose water is an important sustainability initiative in our response to climate change – it’s projects like this that are securing long-term water supplies for our growing communities and keeping our open spaces green,” the Minister said.

The new pipeline will unlock 1.8 gigalitres per annum of recycled water supply.

The pipeline will deliver recycled water to 46 sites, including local parks, world-class golf courses on Melbourne’s sandbelt, sports ovals, laundromats, market gardens and nurseries, while preserving our drinking water supply.

“Not only is this project setting up our community for long-term water security, it’s helping to create liveable and thriving environments for agriculture, tourism and community sport and recreation with a sustainable water source – it’s a win-win,” said South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen.

The project is expected to generate $92 million for the local economy and support local communities with over 240 jobs for international golf tourism, agriculture and nursery businesses in the region.

Expanding recycled water infrastructure and diversifying water sources plays an important role in securing water supplies for the future, which is a key objective outlined in the Government’s $56.6 million investment in the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy.

Using recycled water on gardens, golf courses and public green spaces takes pressure off drinking water supplies and ensures water is used sustainably while keeping these places green and healthy all year round.

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