North East Water is investing $30 million in water and sewerage projects in the Kiewa-Tangambalanga area in response to rapid growth in recent years.
This work is expected to improve water and sewer capacity, along with water pressure, and is being staged to address both the immediate and long term needs of the community.
We have been planning for several years to address capacity and pressure issues.
Completed works to date include the construction of a one kilometre new water main along Huon-Kiewa Road and a temporary pump station to increase water supply to each town.
We have also installed larger pumps at the Tangambalanga sewer pump station to get the maximum out of this facility.
These works cater for the current customer demand.
Future planned works
North East Water has committed to fully upgrading both water and wastewater systems at Kiewa-Tangambalanga over the next 8 years to service long term growth.
This work involves:
- installation of large trunk water mains
- construction of a large water storage tank
- installation of gravity sewer mains in Tangambalanga
- construction of a larger sewer main between the towns
- a major sewer pump station upgrade
- construction of a 14km sewer main to Baranduda.
We will continue to work closely with Indigo Shire, developers and the community to support the townships through the planning, consultation and construction process.
Long term planning
While we are investing the $30 million in Kiewa-Tangambalanga, we are also in the process of developing a masterplan to identify the infrastructure needs for the whole region for next 50 years.
When development grows rapidly it can put pressure on water and sewerage services.
Along with North East Water’s significant investment, developers are responsible and need to commit to investing in water and sewer infrastructure for their developments.
For example developers, as a condition of approval, can be required to install tanks to ensure water pressure is maintained in their development.
Developers are encouraged to continue to engage with us early to discuss options for their development.
North East Water has held discussions with the CFA’s Assistant Chief Fire Officer regarding firefighting plans for the Kiewa-Tangambalanga community.
Firefighting responses sit with the CFA, and North East Water meets its obligations in supporting local brigades during emergency incidents.
North East Water’s drinking water reticulation systems are only designed to meet the requirements of the Water Act which does not cover firefighting needs.
We collaborate with the CFA in developing its emergency response plans for all communities in north-east Victoria, as well as new housing developments.
Our team will also continue to brief the CFA on the future growth areas within our service region.
No matter what town you live in across our region, during any bushfire, North East Water may not be able to maintain mains water supply or water pressure.
When preparing your fire plan, please consider an independent water supply – the CFA recommends a minimum of 10,000 litres with a non-electric pump to protect your home.
Visit this page for more information about how North East Water preapres for natural disasters.