2 March 2020

Tanker loads of water have begun arriving in Euroa and Violet Town this week as part of Goulburn Valley Water’s efforts to secure the water supply under Stage 2 water restrictions.

Water tankers began arriving today and deliveries will increase throughout the week to cart more than 500kL per day.

Trucks will be working seven days a week, but will only operate during daylight hours to minimise any noise impacts for local residents. Speed restrictions will also be in place near the Euroa Water Treatment Plant to increase safety for people travelling through the area.

New tankering connection points have recently been constructed in both towns to ensure smooth and quick transfers.

Goulburn Valley Water Operations Manager Steven Nash said tankers will be running for a month and GVW will then reassess the situation.

“We know the ongoing Stage 2 water restrictions are an inconvenience and we understand how much of an impact on residents there would be if we had to increase levels of restrictions,” he said.

“With the total storage only sitting at 20% capacity, we need to look for alternative options to ensure we can continue supplying water sustainably until winter rainfall can refill our storages.

“While tankering to supplement supply to meet demand is ongoing, we ask residents to continue being mindful of their water consumption and continue to follow the Stage 2 water restrictions and make every drop count.

“We’re also working on a number of other projects to improve future supply sustainability, like a Class B recycled water standpipe, prioritising leak detection and repairs, and carting raw water to reduce the pressure on drinking water supplies.”

Standpipes were also closed last week to ensure the sustainability of the drinking water supply amid limited stored water supplies.

“We’re working closely with local water carters to ensure water can be sourced from alternative towns – we’ve committed to waiving the water costs for local carters at standpipes in Shepparton, Nagambie and Seymour until the Euroa and Violet Town standpipes reopen,” Mr Nash said.

“We’ll be looking to reopen the standpipes as soon as possible – once we’ve had rainfall to refill the storages and have stopped carting in drinking water to both towns.”