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New standpipes for easy access to treated water in Wangaratta council area

13 August 2019

North East Water is preparing for the possibility of another drought with the installation of another three new water standpipes across the Wangaratta local government area.

The new standpipes at North Wangaratta, Glenrowan and Springhurst will give rural communities easier access to treated drinking water.

Manager Customer Service, Debbie Mackinlay said most of our standpipe customers live on farms that aren’t connected to town water supplies.

“Our climate is changing and with the possibility of drought conditions in the next year or two, these extra locations will make it simpler for people to supplement their water needs”, said Ms Mackinlay.

“During dry times it can be really stressful for rural property owners when rain water tanks run empty and we hope these new standpipes will be of great benefit during drought periods.”

Ms Mackinlay added, “The new standpipes are high-tech and allow greater control and easier customer access.”

“Customers are issued with a small metal key which can be pre-charged online with a certain amount of water usage, similar to a prepaid phone card.

“We now have 15 standpipes located in north-east Victoria, and along with several council operated standpipes, we feel that there is good coverage across the region.”

The new standpipes are located on Wangaratta-Eldorado Road at Wangaratta North, Wangaratta-Glenrowan Road at Glenrowan and Canning Road at Springhurst.

For more information on standpipes, customers can visit www.newater.com.au/standpipes.