19 Dec 2013
The Victorian State Government, Central Highlands Water, City of Ballarat and Office of Living Victoria, have formally announced the funding of $1.2m for a “whole-of-water-cycle” project involving stormwater harvesting capture investigations and proof of concept aquifer recharge trial.
Launched on the 19th December at the BWEZ by the Acting Chair of Central Highlands Water, Mr Richard Nicholson, together with The Hon David O’Brien (Member for Western Victoria who represented the Hon Peter Walsh - Minister for Water) and City of Ballarat Mayor – Cr Joshua Morris, this innovative pilot will investigate rooftop rainfall harvesting combined with aquifer recharge as source of water supply and management technology. Once proven, rainfall runoff from the rooftops of the future Ballarat West Employment Zone development will be captured, stored and transferred for injection into the underlying Cardigan aquifer.
Through the Sustainable Living task team, the Committee for Ballarat endorsed the project and supported Central Highlands Water with their funding application to the State Government. For more details on the project, its objectives and benefits, we refer you to the attached Project Fact Sheet.