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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Recycling plant to improve Victorian surf coast water security

Media release
23 February 2012

Construction began today on the $42 million Black Rock Recycled Water Plant, which will significantly improve the Victorian surf coast growth corridor long-term water security.

Marking the start of construction of the plant today, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the new infrastructure would recycle and treat water that would otherwise be discharged into Bass Strait.

"The plant will produce high quality recycled water to support new residential developments and expanding areas of the surf coast growth corridor, such as Armstrong Creek and north Torquay," he said.

"This will save up to three billion litres of water each year and reduce the need for drinking water to be used to water gardens, flush toilets or irrigate sports fields. The plant will have capacity to produce enough recycled water to offset the volume of drinking water currently used for irrigation in the area by up to ten percent."

Senator Farrell said local member for Corangamite, Darren Cheeseman, had been a strong advocate for the recycling plant project from its conception. "The plant will be constructed beside the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant that currently produces a 'C Class' quality of water," Mr Cheeseman said.

"The new plant will produce high 'A Class' quality recycled water for new developments such as Armstrong Creek, where 22,000 homes will have access to recycled water to flush toilets and irrigate household gardens and public open spaces."

The Australian Government has invested $10 million in the project through the Water for the Future initiative under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program. This funding is in addition to $10 million committed by the Australian Government to assist in the construction of a pipeline to transport recycled water to developments in the Torquay growth corridor.

Under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program the Australian Government has committed more than $250 million to fund practical projects that save water in cities and towns across the country.