We have a number of standpipes that can be accessed by application by commercial water carters with tanker capacities exceeding 6,000 litres.

Access to these standpipes requires Goulburn Valley Water's approval. Approval can be obtained by completing the online form, or contacting our Technical Customer Service team.

The Department of Health and Human Services has released an updated guidance note on water carting, a copy of the guidelines can be downloaded from Health Victoria's Food Safety website. These guidelines outline changes to the Standpipe Access Process and took effect on 1 January 2019. Please ensure you are familiar with the new guidelines proir to completing the application form.


Standpipe upgrade project

Standpipe upgrade update – 1 August 2019

With upgrades now completed on the Numurkah standpipe, the previous standpipe will no longer be accessible from Monday 5 August. Access will only be through the new bowser system - you can either use a your GVW Access Card, or a debit/credit card. You can apply for a GVW Access Card by completing the online form.

Standpipe upgrade update – 22 July 2019

An additional solar panel and battery has been installed at standpipe sites in Cobram, Nathalia and Numurkah to improve service reliability and access for users, and sites are now up and running. Upgrades to these sites have also been recently completed as part of our $750,000 Standpipe Upgrade Project to improve safe access to the fill points. The additional battery and solar panel will also form part of the upgrade design for future standpipe upgrades. We also welcome your feedback on the upgrade and new design.

GVW is now using text messages to notify large standpipe users of upgrades, faults or issues with standpipes. Please register any key mobile phone numbers with us to receive updates and service notifications – email them to jennab@gvwater.vic.gov.au and include your name/business name, mobile phone number and standpipe locations you use. You can find a list of standpipe locations below.

The project

We currently have 28, predominantly overhead, standpipes; 24 of which will be progressively upgraded.

Most existing standpipes are overhead fill. Users of these standpipes must register with GVW and by doing so will be issued with a designated Standpipe key. These keys unlock a lock that provides access to the on/off valve on the standpipe. At these standpipes, water meter readings are recorded in a book which is collected at the end of each month by GVW staff and returned to head office where the Finance Team calculate and issues invoices based on these recordings. It is up to users to fill in these books accurately.

We have experienced a number of issues with these standpipes as the current system relies on an honesty system and GVW checking hard copy books at regular intervals. This system is time consuming and inefficient and has led to theft of water, both intentionally and unintentionally. The new system will free up resources in the field and in the office, which well be better used on other tasks and improve safety for water carters, farmers, CFA and members of the public by moving fill points to a waist level fill.

The new system will deliver a standard design whereby water is delivered at waist height and payments are made via an account card (GVW issue) or credit/debit card payment; there is no cash payment option. The units are solar powered, allowing the systems to work at times of mains power outages and have a standardised 80mm male camlock fitting with a 25mm connection available for small users. These options increase the number of customers able to access standpipes and provide water supply for infrequent or one off purchases. A major benefit of the new system is that all usage is captured and transaction details transferred electronically, negating the need for GVW staff to collect books and distribute invoices.

The new standpipes will be installed by Abberfield Industries Pty Ltd. The total cost for the project is $748,000.

Goulburn Valley Water Standpipes 

Standpipe Location Upgrade commenced Upgrade competed
Cobram - Karook St    8 Feb 2018
Nathalia - Corner Blake & Manifold St  6 May 2019  3 July 2019
Numurkah - Brenion St  6 May 2019  23 July 2019
Shepparton - Daldy Rd    
Shepparton - Florence St    
Tatura - Mackay St    
Tongala - Finlay Rd    
Rushworth - High St    
Colbinabbin - Mitchell St    
Murchison - 71 Stevenson St    
Euroa - Corner Anderson St East & Platt St    
Violet Town - Dahlia St    
Strathbogie - Armstrong Ave #  CLOSED  
Broadford - Mollison St    
Seymour - Corner Delatite Rd & Melbourne Cres  30 July 2019  
Seymour - Seymour-Yea Rd - small users only    
Kilmore - Glanville Dve  30 July 2019  
Nagambie - Ballantynes Rd    
Alexandra - Peterkin Pl    
Bonnie Doon - 1538 Maroondah Hwy    
Mansfield - Highett St    
Merrijig - Mt Buller Rd  CLOSED  
Yea - Corner Melbourne Rd & North St    

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