Innovation


Wannon Water prides itself on demonstrating leadership in innovation, water supply security and sustainability, implementing ideas to support future growth and regional prosperity.

Some of our more current innovations are described below. For more information, contact us.

Warrnambool Brine Receival Facility

The $3.6 million innovative Warrnambool Brine Receival Facility is a unique development that provides multiple benefits for the South West region.

It provides a much-needed sustainable, local solution for treating salty trade waste from some of the region's largest industries and enables regional economic growth. It also reduces demand on drinking water supplies by using recycled water at the screening plant and belt press at the Warrnambool Water Reclamation Plant.

The project, jointly funded with $537,602 from the Victorian Government, was officially opened on Friday 4 October 2013.

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Camperdown Industrial Water Reclamation Plant Upgrade

Camperdown and the wider Corangamite Shire will benefit from the $1.9 million upgrade to the Camperdown Industrial Water Reclamation plant which was completed in 2013.

The upgrade to the facility provides vital sustainable trade waste services for the Camperdown Saleyards and Aussie Farmers Dairy.

The treatment facility is a sustainable solution requiring low levels of energy to operate. It involved converting existing storages into a series of treatment lagoons, 9.2 million-litre winter storage to store treated effluent and the installation for a recirculation system.

This project was aided by a $1 million grant from the Victorian Government .Joint funding was also provided by Wannon Water $304,000, Corangamite Shire Council $303,000, Aussie Farmers Dairy $303,000.

This plant upgrade is a collaborative project delivering an innovative solution that enables regional growth.

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Roof water harvesting

Background

Wannon Water's innovation capabilities were recognised at an international level, with the mastermind of the visionary Roof Water Harvesting project, Peter Wilson, winning the Australian Achiever category of the 2011 savewater! awards. The project also received a High Commendation at the AWA 2012 Victorian Water Awards.

Roof Water Harvesting refers to rain water being collected from rooftops in new residential subdivisions and transported through pipes to an existing raw water storage. There it is treated and becomes part of the drinking water supply. This is far more cost effective than individual tanks and is a viable alternative to other augmentation options.

The concept is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and provides a working demonstration of a more sustainable approach to water management.

Funding for the project has been provided through the Australian Federal Government and the Victorian State Government, allowing the demonstration site to be established and the regional harvesting principle to be explored in other areas of Australia.

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Demonstration site

A demonstration site in Warrnambool was officially opened in June 2011. Located in a growth corridor, the site will harvest water from 254 homes through a 4.4-kilometre network of pipes, saving 37 million litres of water a year.

Tool kit

A Roof Water Harvesting tool kit has also been developed to assist other growth regions identify how they can use the same approach.

The tool kit helps assess the financial viability of similar systems within Australia and allows quick comparisons with other potential water supply sources. By entering a number of key parameters, it allows a roof water harvesting system to be defined in terms of the collection system, transfer pipelines, storage basins and a treatment plant.

To request a tool kit be mailed to you, please complete the Tool Kit Request Form.

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Aquaculture

In recent years Wannon Water, in partnership with Deakin University, has fine-tuned its research into using goldfish to help reduce the costs and environmental impact of sewage treatment.

The application of aquaculture to sewage treatment has been pioneered by Wannon Water in western Victoria. 

Successful trials have shown that aquaculture can improve the quality of recycled water and reduce reliance on costly mechanical de-sludging.

Throughout 2010/11 more than 20,000 fish of several different species were monitored in experimental tanks at the Hamilton water reclamation plant.  The trials proved successful and goldfish, in particular, demonstrated that they can thrive by consuming and removing nutrients and sludge from sewage.  Based on this research, Wannon Water plans to commence using aquaculture as part of its sewage treatment process, initially at the Hamilton plant. 

Wannon Water plans to produce its own goldfish for use in this innovative project, and has recently commissioned a fish hatchery with the capacity to produce millions of young goldfish per year.  

Importantly, using goldfish as part of the sewage treatment process will cut carbon emissions and reduce operating costs.

This significant business efficiency saving contributes to Wannon Water’s commitment not to raise water and sewerage prices over the 2013-18 Water Plan regulatory period (other than for CPI adjustment).  In fact, Warrnambool’s sewerage service charge will be reduced by 2% for residential customers in the first year of Water Plan 3 (2013/14).

For more about our research and development programs, contact us.

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25 Gateway

Wannon Water's 25 Gateway Road building complex is a flagship for water and energy efficient building design in South-West Victoria and demonstrates Wannon Water's leadership in sustainability.

The construction of 25 Gateway allowed Wannon Water to consolidate from four cramped offices into a single office, providing Warrnambool employees with a vastly improved work environment and producing social, environmental and productivity benefits.

The building design incorporates ecologically sustainable features and a 5-star environmental performance rating under the NABERS Energy for Offices scheme. It is designed to reduce energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 50%. Recycling targets for materials were also used during construction, extending sustainability outcomes within the supply chain.

For more about the ecologically sustainable design features of 25 Gateway, download the Gateway Road - A flagship for efficiency brochure.

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