NORTH East Water is nearing completion of a $6.7m project it believes has the potential to drought-proof Wangaratta’s irrigation supply.
In a move that could attract further industrial investment in the city, a new Wangaratta re-use storage project aims to guarantee re-use water needs for agriculture and industry, even in low-rainfall years.
The project has seen a large-scale reservoir established at North Wangaratta, with the capacity to store up to 300 million litres of treated water from the nearby waste water treatment plant.
North East Water project manager, Brad Willis, said the plant is the first stage of an ongoing, long-term strategy of sustainability to support Wangaratta’s future growth.
“This will support Wangaratta as it grows, through reclaimed water storage,” he said.
“We’ve taken into account a 20 per cent population increase, but it will guarantee a supply locally.”