WORK has begun on the construction of a new 42 kilometre pipeline to bring recycled water to sites in the Bayside, Kingston, Greater Dandenong, and Monash council areas.
The $72 million Dingley Recycled Water Scheme project is expected to provide access to 1.8 gigalitres of recycled water each year.
The first stage of the project will include geotechnical investigations to complete the design and alignment of the new recycled water pipes.
The state government is spending $24 million on the project. The project’s first stage will be undertaken by South East Water in partnership with Abergeldie, BMD & KBR.
South East Water managing director Lara Olsen said the expansion of the recycled water network will “set ourselves up for long-term water security while also making sure Melbourne stays a great place to live, work and play.”
Kingston mayor Jenna Davey-Burns said “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. We are all partners in taking climate action and this is a great initiative.”
“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,” she said.
Recycled water is expected to be running through the pipeline by 2025.