New bore to secure Heywood water supplies

17 March 2015

A new Wannon Water construction project to greatly improve the reliability of Heywood’s water supplies is set to commence next week.

The $810,000 Heywood Bore Replacement Project involves decommissioning the older of the two Barclay Street groundwater bores that supply Heywood’s drinking water and replacing it with a new production bore.

Wannon Water Managing Director Grant Green said the existing bore had served Heywood well for 40 years but it has now reached the end of its service life.

“Recent condition assessments have confirmed that the older bore needs to be replaced to ensure Wannon Water can maintain reliable water services for Heywood customers into the future,” Mr Green said.

“This will significantly reduce the risk of major water supply interruptions and ensure that the supply of water to Heywood customers remains efficient, effective and reliable for the next 40 years.”

Construction of the replacement bore involves drilling 500 metres into the ground to access the deep Dilwyn Aquifer, then connecting it to Heywood’s water supply system so the groundwater can be treated before use.

Another older bore no longer in use will also be decommissioned as part of the project.

The construction and decommissioning works are expected to be completed in May 2015, weather permitting.

Wannon Water has contacted nearby residents to provide advance notice of the bore replacement and decommissioning works.

No water supply interruptions or road closures are expected throughout the project.

Further information about the Heywood Bore Replacement Project is available by calling 1300 926 666.