How much water has been extracted from the Anglesea borefield since it was built in 2009?
The Anglesea borefield has been operated for testing and maintenance purposes to ensure the infrastructure and technology was operating correctly. This operation also provided Barwon Water an opportunity to test and review its environmental triggers.
In total, Barwon Water has extracted just over 7,618 megalitres (ML).
- 2009/2010: 1,651 ML was pumped to ensure all infrastructure was operating correctly.
- 2010/2011: 1,948 ML was pumped to ensure all infrastructure was operating correctly.
- 2011/2012: 4,019 ML additional water was pumped to test and review our environmental triggers.
- 2012 onwards: no pumping.
All water extracted was in line with our bulk entitlement allocations. The water extracted was supplemented into our drinking water system to ensure it was used and not wasted.
What has caused fish death events in the Anglesea River?
How much groundwater will Barwon Water take from the Anglesea borefield?
The actual amount is yet to be determined. Extraction amounts will be dependent on a range of data including (but not limited to) protection of the environment, surface water storage levels and rainfall forecast and will be in line with the environmental protections under the bulk entitlement.
What if dry conditions continue? Can the Anglesea borefield and the Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline provide enough water?
If Barwon Water switches on the borefield, will there be additional costs for customers?
There will be no additional cost to Barwon Water customers as a result of switching on the Anglesea borefield.
Current prices are locked in until June 2023, and are approved by the Essential Services Commission – the independent regulator of the water industry.