Recycled water in the pipeline for Werribee Zoo

The Werribee Open Range Zoo will have access to a reliable recycled water supply thanks to a new 2.7-kilometre pipeline connecting it to the Werribee Recycled Water Plant.

The Victorian Government has contributed $2 million to the $8.6 million project, designed to support the continued expansion of the zoo and preserve the local environment.

Initially providing 150 million litres of recycled water per year, the project could scale supply up to 400 million litres as the zoo grows.

The supply will provide water to the zoo’s hippopotamus pool and enable the establishment of a purpose-built 21-hectare habitat for Melbourne Zoo’s growing elephant herd, which is scheduled to move to Werribee in 2024.

Lisa Neville, Minister for Water, said the project would help boost tourism opportunities in the area without impacting future water supply.

“This project brings significant benefits to the growing Werribee catchment area, protecting the natural waterways and providing more water security for farming irrigation,” she said.

Part of the Werribee Recycled Water Expansion scheme, the pipeline will replace existing water extractions from the Werribee River, allowing the zoo to continue to grow without impacting nearby farms.

“This investment makes sure the Werribee Open Range Zoo and its animals can continue to thrive as we face a changing climate without impacting the local rivers and the environment,” said Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

The pipeline is is set to begin construction in July for completion by the end of the year.

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