Recycled water to keep the grass greener in Melbourne’s south east

Lisa Neville and Martin Pakula announce recycled water funding

A new 42-kilometre pipeline will supply recycled water to the Kingston, Monash and Bayside communities in Melbourne’s south east.

The pipeline will supply an annual 1800 mega litres of water to 46 sites such as parks, sporting fields, laundromats, market gardens, nurseries and golf courses.

“Victoria boasts some of the best golf courses in the world and this project will help keep our courses greener and attract more golfers to play in Melbourne’s South-East,” said Martin Pakula, Member for Keysborough.

The project comes as part of South East Water’s $72 million Dingley Recycled Water Scheme. The Victorian Government contributed $24.8 million to the scheme from the 2022-23 state budget.

Steve Staikos, Kingston Mayor, said the project would help preserve the environment and support agriculture and businesses in the region while acting against climate change.

“The Dingley Recycled Water Scheme is a great example of councils working in partnership with the Victorian Government to deliver initiatives that tick off multiple priorities for our community,” he said.

Lisa Neville, Minister for Water, said the initiative will provide stable water supply independent of rainfall.

“Those who remember the Millennium drought in the 2000s will know the impact on businesses, parks and sporting fields and communities,” she said.

“Using more recycled water responds to the needs of our growing population sustainably by delivering green public spaces all year round without impacting our drinking supply.”

Recycled water is expected to become available in the region by 2025.

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