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Reclaimed water is treated wastewater available for reuse from our wastewater treatment plants. It's an important resource for GWMWater and the region. It has many benefits, such as:

  • helping to maintain community resources such as sports ovals, race courses and golf courses
  • encouraging regional growth by supporting community recreational spaces and local industry, such as vineyards
  • reducing the need for drinking water or raw water in irrigation
  • providing potable water substitution options
  • reducing environmental impacts from traditional river discharges

Ten of our 28 wastewater treatment plants are currently supplying reclaimed water across the region to participating customers.


Reclaimed water treatment

Our reclaimed water is treated to a Class C level according to EPA Victoria's guidelines. Under the guidelines, this water is used for:

  • urban areas that have restricted public access during irrigation
  • agricultural uses for vineyards
  • agricultural uses for grazing or as fodder for livestock
  • industrial uses for systems with no potential worker exposure

Reclaimed water is often stored in the winter and then used during the dry summer and autumn months when other water sources are scarce.


February 2018 reclaimed water reports

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24  Ararat  Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Edenhope
Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Halls Gap Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Horsham 
Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Murtoa Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Nhill 
Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 St Arnaud Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Stawell
Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Warracknabeal Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Willaura


View reclaimed water management trigger points for Reclaimed water storage target for Halls Gap and Stawell Feb 2018

View 2016/17 reclaimed water reports

View 2015/16 reclaimed water reports


Interested in reclaimed water for your property?

GWMWater currently services a number of towns in the region with reclaimed water, but there are limitations to our supply capabilities. If you're interested in reclaimed water for your business or organisation, contact us to find out more.


Further information...

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 National Guidelines For Water Recycling (937kB, 174 pages)

Published by: Environment Protection and Heritage Council

Date: May 2008





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