Recent wet conditions that have produced significant flows that have enabled GWMWater to start releasing treated recycled water from the Charlton Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Avoca River from Friday 29 October 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.

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Recent wet conditions that have produced significant flows in Back Creek have enabled GWMWater to start releasing Class C water from the Halls Gap Wastewater Treatment Plant into Pleasant Creek from Wednesday 26 October 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.

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Our current Adobe PDF file icon 24x24Tapping In Edition 2 2022/23 details the wind up of our Community Panel, our attendance at the Mallee Machinery Field Days, Mt Cole Pipeline relining works, our presentation at the Voices for the Bush conference, and much more.

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The protection of the inside of the embankment, which formed Stage 1 of the works at Lake Fyans, is now complete. The works undertaken have included the replacing of bedding sand and new rock protection known as Rip Rap.

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Recent wet conditions that have produced significant flows in Pleasant Creek have enabled GWMWater to start releasing Class C water from the Stawell Wastewater Treatment Plant into Pleasant Creek from Saturday 22 October 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.

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Students across the Grampians, Wimmera and Mallee made a splash in a state-wide poster competition to celebrate National Water Week (17 to 23 October). Students across the Grampians, Wimmera and Mallee made a splash in a state-wide poster competition to celebrate National Water Week (17 to 23 October).

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A 200ML/day release began yesterday afternoon from Lake Lonsdale to Sheepwash Creek, and may be increased over coming days. This is to make space in the lake with anticipated further heavy rainfall, natural inflows and spills from Lake Bellfield.
 
Lake Lonsdale is currently at 85% of its maximum operating volume after having risen from 48% since last Wednesday.

Residents in flood affected towns may notice overflows in sewer gullies due to flooding in urban areas that are sewered.

Floods can cause significant infiltration of floodwater into the sewer system, creating a backlog on the network.

An overflow gully is a drain-like fitting located outside the home, that allows sewage to overflow away from the interior of your home to an outside area of the property. The sewage will push out through the gully if there is a sewer blockage or the network can’t cope during heavy rain, storms or floods.

Where flooding occurs, residents may notice gurgling sounds from the drain, unusual odours, drains moving slower than usual and wastewater overflowing from the drain.

Please avoid contact with any wastewater present. Further information on managing a wastewater spill inside your home can be found on the Better Health website:

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/sewage-overflows-at-home 

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/After-a-flood-returning-home-safely#managing-sewage-overflow-inside-your-home 

The overflows should naturally resolve once floodwater has subsided, but please continue to report overflows to 1800 188 586. Given broad impact to GWMWater infrastructure it may take operators longer than usual to attend the overflow during the flood event.

Lake Wartook storage is predicted to spill again due to expected rainfall over the next few days in the Grampians catchment area. Between Friday 7 and Monday 10 October, 1049 ML (3.6% of total supply volume) spilt from the reservoir.

Water levels at Lake Wartook peaked at 32,147 ML on Friday 7 October following steady rainfall. Since then storage levels have gradually reduced with controlled releases of up to 450 ML per day. Water releases will continue this week with up to 85 mm of rainfall expected across the catchment area on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Storage Manager is diverting water in as many different directions as possible.

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The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicts heavy rainfall across several parts of the state.

Heavy rain and flood events could lead to the rapid filling of farm dams as well as overtopping, increasing the risk of dam failure.

We are urging landowners to prepare their dams for forecast heavy rainfall and take safety precautions by:
• Inspecting and monitoring your dams before heavy rainfall forecast or flooding.
• Clearing spillways and outlet pipes to help pass flood water.
• Repairing any cracks and other defects that will help minimise the potential for any failure.

For updates on current reservoir levels, click here.

For flood or storm emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500.