Recycled water network to replenish the South East

Published on 24 May 2022

Mayor Cr Steve Staikos, Minster for Water Lisa Neville and Meng Heang Tak MP at Dans Plants in Heatherton.

Kingston City Council welcomes the Victorian Government’s decision to provide $24.8 million towards the $72 million pipeline to deliver recycled water to its world class golf courses, market gardeners, farmers and growers, sporting ovals and parklands in its Green Wedge.

If you can play on it, grow in it or just enjoy its natural splendour, it’s going to get a very good drink – funding toward the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme was announced by Minister for Water Lisa Neville last week as part of the Victorian Budget 2022/23.

An extensive 42 km pipeline will deliver recycled water to 46 sites across Kingston, Bayside and Monash, helping to save precious drinking water and offering a sustainable solution to the challenges of stormwater irrigation in a changing climate.

The scheme is a win for Kingston’s environmental efforts, maintenance of sporting fields and parks, and for businesses in the region who rely on a stable and sustainable water supply.

Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said that “the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme is a great example of Councils working in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver initiatives that tick off multiple priorities for our community – preserving our environment, preserving and strengthening agriculture in our Green Wedge, fostering our businesses and taking steps to mitigate the impacts of climate change.”

The investment will also generate 38-full time construction jobs during the build and is estimated to generate $92 million for the local economy.

Once completed it will have the capacity to deliver an incredible 1,800 megalitres of recycled water per year, twice the volume of Albert Park Lake.

By investing now in a sustainable water network, Kingston and its neighbouring Councils are laying a strong foundation for climate resilience. As the climate becomes hotter and dryer for longer stretches, businesses, parks and growers will be able to operate without depleting the community’s drinking water.

As Mayor Staikos said, “We have world-class golf courses that attract thousands of visitors per year, productive growing lands that feed and green Melbourne, and treasured open spaces. Our community expects us to protect these assets so they can be enjoyed for years to come.”

The Dingley Recycled Water Scheme will cost a total of $72 million when completed and will be partly funded by South East Water. Access to water is expected by 2025.

 

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