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Local standpipes to be upgraded

By David Rak

Two water standpipes will be upgraded as a priority to support water infrastructure in Mitchell Shire.

Council currently provides non-potable water from 11 standpipes and bores located throughout the municipality.

Historically, these water bores were used for drought relief by primary producers for stock and domestic use. In more recent times they have been used for a variety of purposes including by gardening businesses, commercial operators and home gardeners.

The upgrades at Whitegate Rd, High Camp, and at Goulburn Park in Seymour are considered a priority for council as it explores the future use and conditions of its bores. As part of the project, all standpipes and water bores will be metered for the next 12 months.

The findings will guide council on the next steps for water supply infrastructure. The two locations were selected because of community use, the condition of the standpipes and feedback received through community consultation.

Council will also write to the Victorian Government to seek further support and assistance to maintain water standpipes and water supply infrastructure.

Extensive community consultation was undertaken in 2019 to understand how the community was using council-operated water standpipes. More than 200 people took part in a survey.

For more information on the survey and project, please visit engagingmitchellshire.com/bores