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14 November 2023

Coliban Water’s rural season has kicked off, with water set to flow through more than 500 kilometres of rural channels and pipelines.

More than 1,140 rural licence holders will be supplied with untreated rural water between now and 10 May 2024, with 100 per cent of the allocation available.

Acting Managing Director Danny McLean said a full allocation would benefit customers as we enter the drier months.

“Our water resource position is strong this season with our three Coliban reservoirs near capacity. This means increased water security for our rural customers,” he said.

“This will help customers sustain their enterprises such as orchards or vineyards, help care for their stock and domestic lifestyle,” he said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast conditions to be warmer and drier than average over the coming months.

“It is a good reminder that increased rain in recent years is not expected to continue,” Mr McLean said. 

To help prepare for the rural season, annual channel maintenance has included weed spraying and desilting as required. 

Rural water delivery is based on demand, with water delivered only when demand is strong enough on a particular system to ensure efficiency is maximised.

To order water from the rural network you must be either a registered licence holder or an authorised person for the account.

Water orders can be submitted between 7am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays and the Christmas/New Year break). We require 48 hours’ notice or two working days.

Rural customers who wish to order water need their individual BEE number ready when they call on 1300 761 738.

A detailed business case is also underway for the Coliban Regional Rural Modernisation Project, which will look at options to modernise the water distribution network and increase water supply for the region. 

Visit our rural website for more information about rural modernisation and the current rural season. 

Last updated on 14 Nov 2023
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