The Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) treats wastewater from approximately 3,800 connections in Kyneton, Malmsbury, Trentham and Tylden – approximately 7,500 people (according to 2016 Australian Census Data).
The wastewater is collected via 13 pump stations and a sewer network comprising of 80 kilometres of gravity mains and 11 kilometres of rising mains. The sewer network also collects wastewater from the Kyneton industrial estate, which includes an abattoir and the livestock exchange.
Our plant has struggled to store the treated water it produces when there isn’t a demand for irrigation water or sufficient flows to release water to the Campaspe River.
Plant operations update - Tuesday 12 November 2019
We will be testing a wet weather contingency plan from Wednesday 13 November 2019 to cart treated water from our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to the Bendigo Water Reclamation Plant.
The test is part of a range of plant operation actions and works we’re carrying out to minimise the risk of breaching to our Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions.
Until our Phase 1 works are completed there is a risk that unfavorable weather conditions could result in our onsite lagoons reaching capacity.
It’s important we test our wet weather contingency plans to measure their effectiveness and our readiness to minimise the risk.
The test will involve three trucks making three trips a day to transport around 230 kilolitres of treated water per day from Kyneton to our Bendigo plant. Standard risk controls will be in place for the transportation of the treated water.
The volumes we can transport are relatively low compared to the daily inflow to the plant. Carting is one of a range of actions and works our Kyneton Solutions Project Team is working on to improve the efficiency of the plant.
The summer forecast for warmer and drier than average conditions will put us in a good position to remain compliant while we undertake the Phase 1 works, due to be completed in March 2020.
Local businesses and residents may notice increased heavy vehicle traffic on weekdays while the trial is underway.
Phase 1 works - Tuesday 1 October 2019
We have announced Phase One works to improve the trade waste and domestic treatment processes at the Kyneton WRP. The works will help ensure that water released from the plant is within Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions.
We have come to an agreement with one of our major customers, Hardwick Meatworks, on a number of planned initiatives. These include improving the quality of the wastewater Hardwick’s sends to our plant for treatment, and for Hardwick's to create additional storage capacity and onsite irrigation with Class B treated water supplied by our plant.
Phase One works are expected to be completed in March 2020.
Treated water releases
The Kyneton WRP has an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria Licence that outlines the operational requirements of the plant, and permits the release of treated wastewater to the Campaspe River during periods of natural river flows.
The plant is designed to treat water to an appropriate standard for irrigation, or for release to the Campaspe River.
The release needs to meet both quality and dilution requirements to meet Coliban Water’s Licence conditions.
Kyneton Offsets Project
We're carrying out 10km of environment improvement works along Post Office Creek and Campaspe River in Kyneton in partnership with North Central Catchment Management Authority. This project will improve the water quality in the Campaspe River in the short term while we upgrade the plant to comply with EPA requirements.
For further information see our Kyneton Offsets Project page.
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Fact sheet 1: Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant overview
Fact sheet 2: Catchment health partnership
Fact sheet 3: Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant Phase 1 works
18 October 2019: Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant update
10 October 2019: Works underway to improve Kyneton catchment health
Last updated on 15 Nov 2019