Bright Water Security Project

In 2007 North East Water identified the need to construct a 520 megalitre off-river storage and water treatment plant to provide a more secure and reliable water supply for the communities of Bright, Wandiligong and Porepunkah. The $14 million project is located at Freeburgh and involved the following:

  • A new pipeline to Bright
  • A new pumping station on the Ovens River to pump water to the off-river storage
  • A new 520 megalitre off-river water storage reservoir, and
  • A new water treatment plant with an additional treated water storage tank.

The delivery of the off-river storage and associated infrastructure provides residents in Bright, Porepunkah and Wandiligong with the following benefits:

  • Abundant clean water with no need for regular water restrictions;
  • A more secure and reliable water supply with no direct tariff increase for customers in delivering this project;
  • More water in the Ovens River during times of low flows, meaning improved river health and aquatic life; and
  • Provision for future development of the pipeline route as a bicycle path for use by residents and visitors.



The Bright reticulated water supply system was connected to the new water treatment plant in late 2016.

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