Water tower open to the public

05 April 2018

People will get the opportunity to see Warrnambool from a different perspective when the East Warrnambool Water Tower opens to the public next week.

Wannon Water is holding an open day at the tower on Friday April 13 to coincide with the school holidays.

Branch Manager Communications and Engagement Garrath Darkin said the event will allow people to learn more about water towers and the important role they play in providing adequate water pressure to customers.

“We also aim to provide greater understanding of how Wannon Water manages more than $700 million worth of assets, ensuring the long-term security of our water supply and the reliability of our services,” Mr Darkin said.

“Participants will have the opportunity to climb an internal staircase to a viewing platform at the top of the tower.

“From there they will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city, along the Hopkins River to the ocean and across the countryside as far as Mount Warrnambool.

“They will also learn about our region’s drinking water supply, how it is treated and how it gets from source to customers’ taps.”

Two lucky people will also have the opportunity to win an exclusive sunset viewing from the top of the tower. The competition closes on Sunday 8 April and details are available on Wannon Water’s Facebook page.

The East Warrnambool Water Tower, located in Tower Square off Selby Road, was constructed in 1972-73 to meet growing residential development.

Wannon Water’s facilities include 13 water towers or elevated tanks located throughout the south-west, with five of them serving Warrnambool. The oldest is the Liebig Street Water Tower, which was built of local sandstone in 1893, making it one of the city’s most historic structures.

“Places for the open day are limited, so people need to book as soon as possible,” Mr Darkin said.

Sessions will take place in 30-minute blocks for groups of up to 15 people. Participants must be physically active to climb the steps and the minimum age is five years. Bookings are essential and need to be completed via the online registration form at www.wannonwater.com.au or by calling 1300 926 666