Treated recycled water released from Wahgunyah wastewater treatment plant
12 October 2020
Treated recycled water from the North East Water wastewater treatment plant in Wahgunyah will continue to be routinely released into the Murray River for the next several weeks.
Executive Operations, John Day, said the decision was required due to recent rain in the region, with winter storage lagoons at full capacity.
“Our ability to irrigate using recycled water from the plant has been reduced due to the wet winter”, Mr Day said.
“We normally provide the recycled water to local farms and urban facilities for irrigation, but with a wet season, demand has dropped.
“To ensure that our dams do not overflow, we need to release some of the recycled water into the Murray River, downstream of the Wahgunyah water treatment plant.”
Mr Day added, “The water being discharged is fully treated recycled water and our monitoring program will be continued during the discharge.”
“We are working with our stakeholders during this process including, EPA Victoria, EPA New South Wales, North East Catchment Management Authority, Department of Health and Human Services, Goulburn Murray Water, Indigo Shire Council and Federation Council.”