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.
Plant operations update – Friday 1 November 2019
The latest operations and improvements information is:
- Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant is operating normally
- The ultraviolet disinfection unit has been replaced and is operational
- Treated water being released to the Campaspe River is meeting all EPA licence water quality and dilution ratio conditions
- Irrigation water is being supplied to Kyneton Racecourse, Kyneton Botanic Gardens, Kyneton Showgrounds and Barkly Square Recreation Reserve
- Phase 1 works agreement signed with Hardwick Meatworks
- Phase 1 works on track to be completed in March 2020 (subject to necessary planning and regulator approvals)
- Additional gauging station works ready to commence once permits are approved
Plant operations update – Tuesday 29 October 2019
An additional gauging station to measure river flow in the Campaspe River will be installed before the end of the year. The location is 700 metres upstream of our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant release point for treated water.
We agreed to install the additional gauging station after consultation with local landowners to improve understanding of river flows.
The release of treated water from our plant to the Campaspe River is regulated by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria.
Our EPA licence allows a maximum ratio of 20 per cent treated water to 80 per cent flow in the Campaspe River (1:5). The river flow is measured at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Redesdale gauging station, 46 kilometres downstream of our plant.
When the new gauging station has been commissioned we will make the data available to landowners and the community. We expect it to be commissioned before the end of the year.
In the absence of an amended licence, we understand that EPA licence compliance will continue to be measured against the Bureau of Meteorology’s Redesdale gauging station.
We are committed to involving the local community, landowners and stakeholders in longer term decision making to lift the plant’s performance and improve river health outcomes of the flow-stressed Campaspe River.
Plant operations update – Friday 18 October 2019
Last week we had an issue with the ultraviolet disinfection unit on the domestic treatment stream of Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant.
As a result we have suspended releases to the Campaspe River until the unit is back online, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.
Our plant is currently compliant with its Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions, however, unfavourable weather conditions could result in non-compliant water releases.
We have notified landowners of the risk and issued a media release with further information.
Last updated on 10 Jan 2020