OVER the next 12 weeks, treated water from the Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) Wastewater Management Facility (WMF) in Tatura will be routinely released into the Goulburn Murray Water Mosquito Depression Drain.
GVW wastewater and recycling coordinator, Mr Stuart Harris said the decision was made due to recent wet weather events and an increase in trade waste inflows from local industry.
The water being released has been fully treated and meets Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Class C standards.
The Tatura WMF facility caters for over 1,800 residential customers and three major food processing industries.
“Industrial trade waste flows to the Tatura WMF have exceeded design capacity.
“GVW will commence the release of excess water into the Mosquito Depression Drain in mid-August 2016.
“With a total of 13 storage lagoons the WMF holds almost 940 million litres, the entire treatment process takes around seven months from start to finish.
“Of the 1,800 million litres treated in the past year, 58 percent has been used to irrigate dairy and cropping properties adjacent to the WMF facility.”