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Treated recycled water released from Benalla wastewater treatment plant

14 July 2020

Treated water from the North East Water Wastewater Treatment Plant in Benalla will be routinely released into nearby waterways commencing from Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Executive Operations, John Day, said the decision was required due to recent rain in the region.

“Holding lagoons have now reached their full capacity as our ability to irrigate with treated water from the plants has been reduced during the recent extended wet periods”, Mr Day said.

“Over the short term we need to release some of the water into the Broken River at Benalla to ensure that our dams do not overflow.”

Mr Day added, “The water being discharged has been fully treated and our monitoring program will be continued during the discharge.”

“We are working with our stakeholders during this process including, including EPA Victoria, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Department of Health and Human Services, Goulburn Murray Water and Benalla Rural City.”

Planning is well underway for a major upgrade at the Benalla Wastewater facility. This will include increased winter storage capacity that will reduce the need for similar discharges into the future.