Recent wet conditions that have produced significant flows in the Hopkins River have enabled GWMWater to start releasing Class C water from the Ararat Wastewater Treatment Plant into the river from Tuesday 30 August 2022.
Managing Director Mark Williams said recent rainfall had limited the opportunity for water to be used off site, resulting in a significant increase in water held in storage at the wastewater treatment plant.
The wet weather release will continue while flows in the river allow for sufficient dilution in accordance with GWMWater’s operating licence.
Mr Williams said Class C Water was treated recycled water typically used to irrigate racetracks, golf courses, vineyards and recreational reserves.
GWMWater has developed a water quality monitoring program and a management plan to ensure that water releases comply with our licence. The water business has liaised with the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority which manages the Hopkins River and has notified the Environment Protection Authority Victoria. Water samples will be taken to monitor water quality during and after the release period.