Quality Water for Wannon

Our customers experience different water quality and taste depending on their water sources. Communities paying an equivalent cost for water services want equitable water quality and taste.

Although the tap water is safe to drink, many people in towns where there is a groundwater supply, such as Portland, Port Fairy and Heywood, find the taste unpalatable as a result of the naturally occurring mineral salts. This leads to reduced consumption.

The Federal Government has announced $26.1 million in its 2023 budget to support us in improving the water quality for Port Fairy, Heywood and Portland in the Quality Water for Wannon Project (previously known as Great Tasting Water).

The funding, from the National Water Grid Fund, follows years of planning and extensive community, stakeholder and government engagement.
Read more on our Engage & Explore page.

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