Early works on the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme are underway, unlocking an additional 1.8 gigalitres of sustainable recycled water each year for communities and local businesses.
Meng Heang Tak, Member for Clarinda, launched the works on the $72 million integrated water management project with South East Water and stage 1 works delivery partner Abergeldie, BMD & KBR (ABK).
The 42-kilometre scheme is expected to bring recycled water to about 40 sites across Bayside, Kingston, Greater Dandenong and Monash, including local businesses, world-class golf courses, sports ovals and parks.
The first phase of works involves undertaking geotechnical investigations to complete the design and alignment of the new recycled water pipes, as well as ecological surveys and environmental site mapping.
The project is expected to generate $92 million for the local economy and support local communities with more than 240 jobs for international golf tourism, agriculture and nursery businesses in the region.
The Victorian Government has contributed $24 million towards the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme which is expected to start delivering recycled water by 2025. The scheme is one of the first projects to be delivered under South East Water’s $1.5 billion investment in capital works projects over the next 10 years.
Lara Olsen, South East Water Managing Director, said expanding the recycled water network set the state up for long-term water security.
“Water is our most valuable resource and it’s great to be working with South East Water to make a huge change for the better,” said Kingston Mayor Jenna Davey-Burns.
“Whether it’s our green thumbs in our local nurseries and market gardens, our world class golf courses, or the thousands of locals chasing balls on our sportsgrounds, so many in Kingston will benefit from this scheme.”
Huntingdale Golf Club is part of the Melbourne Sandbelt group of Golf Clubs, known for their design, unique native heathland areas, immaculate fairways and greens.
Club General Manager Alex McGillivray said tapping into recycled water, instead of using drinking water supply, will not only help conserve Melbourne’s water and save business costs, but will also help ensure that the club is welcoming global visitors to the golf courses for years to come.
For more information, visit: www.southeastwater.com.au