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Plant operations update – Thursday 22 October 2020

Our lagoon volume is currently at 96 per cent and we are compliant with our EPA licence conditions for water quality and river flow dilution.

We received 22 millimetres of rain on Friday and Saturday last week and our plant managed the resulting inflows with no significant impact on our lagoon levels. 

From Monday 19 October 2020, we were releasing 4 megalitres a day in total of tertiary treated Class B recycled water and Class B recycled water to the Campaspe River. 

With further rain forecast this week, we increased the release to 5 megalitres per day in total from midday on Wednesday 21 October 2020.

Tertiary treated Class B recycled water is from the domestic treatment system at our plant and the additional Class B recycled water is from our lagoon system. 

We have put in place a range of operational measures to store and treat as much water onsite as possible. 

The carting of treated water to our other water reclamation plants started on Monday 19 October 2020, transporting approximately 200 kilolitres per day (Monday to Friday) to help create lagoon storage space.

We are doing everything possible to remain compliant with our EPA licence.

We are continuing to keep downstream landowners and the EPA informed on plant operations.  

Weekly updates will be provided until lagoon levels decrease and the irrigation season commences.

 

Plant operations update - Friday 16 October 2020

Recent wet weather has significantly reduced the available storage capacity at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant, and the wet conditions are impacting works on the Kyneton Solutions Project.

Our lagoon volume is currently at 95 per cent.

We are currently releasing tertiary treated Class B recycled water to the Campaspe River, which is compliant with our Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions for water quality and river flow dilution. Tertiary treated water is from the domestic system at our plant.

With more wet weather forecast and until Phase 2 of our Kyneton Solutions Project is completed early in the new year, we will need to release additional Class B recycled water to the Campaspe River.

This water will come from our lagoon system and is treated to Class B standard through our recently commissioned new Class C to B treatment plant. 

We are doing everything possible to remain compliant with our EPA licence not withstanding our challenging operating conditions. 

We are planning to release around four megalitres of Class B recycled water per day in total from Monday 19 October 2020.

A range of operational measures have been put in place to store and treat as much water onsite as possible, including the carting of treated water to other water reclamation plants.

We will also commence carting treated water from the site to our other water reclamation plants from Monday 19 October.

Around 8 trucks per day will transport approximately 200 kilolitres of treated water per day to help create lagoon storage space at the plant.

We are continuing to keep downstream landowners and the EPA informed on plant operations.  

Weekly updates will be provided until lagoon levels decrease and the irrigation season commences.

 

Plant operations update - Friday 9 October 2020

Our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) is operating normally.

With the heavy rainfall across the region this week, we have received very high inflows to our storage lagoons. 

Our lagoon volume was at 85 per cent before the rain and is currently at 96 per cent.

We continue to only release tertiary treated water to the Campaspe River which is compliant with our Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions for water quality and river flow.

We are also pumping 3 megalitres a day of Class B recycled water to the Hardwick irrigation storage and have some additional storage capacity in our other onsite treatment lagoons. 

Inflows to the plant have started to slowly decrease now that the rain has stopped but our storage capacity has been reduced heading into any future rainfall events.

Until our Phase 2 works, which includes our 200-megalitre storage, are completed there remains a risk that certain weather conditions may result in water being released from our plant that is non-compliant with our EPA licence conditions.

We are committed to giving our downstream landowners advance warning of any potential non-compliant releases of treated water from the Plant into the Campaspe River. 

The EPA has been informed of our current operating status at the site.

 

Plant operations update - Tuesday 1 September 2020

Our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) is operating normally. We commenced treated water releases to the Campaspe river in early April 2020.

We have released around 1.7 megalitres per day on average and the total volume released since April is less than one per cent of the river flow.

The water released is compliant with our EPA licence conditions for water quality and river flow. 

We’ve been managing lagoon levels by transferring Class B water to Hardwick’s new storage. Until our new storage is complete there is still a risk that non-compliant releases could occur.

We are working to minimise the risk of this happening to ensure only tertiary treated water that meets all our EPA licence conditions is released.
 

Plant operations update - Saturday 4 April 2020

Due to high rainfall over the Kyneton area over the past 24 hours, we will be commencing a controlled treated water release to the Campaspe River today.

The release meets both water quality and dilution requirements of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence for the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant.

The water being released to the river is tertiary treated (a higher quality than Class B recycled water), meaning it has undergone treatment for nutrient removal and UV disinfection and there is adequate flows in the river to allow for the dilution of the treated water released.

With the rainfall capture on site, reduced demand for irrigation, and increased flows to the Plant we expect to be releasing up to 3 megalitres per day compliant with all licence conditions.

 

Plant operations update - Thursday 5 March 2020

Due to high rainfall over the Kyneton area over the past 24 hours, we will be commencing a controlled treated water release to the Campaspe River today.

The release meets both water quality and dilution requirements of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence for the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant.

The water being released to the river is tertiary treated (a higher quality than Class B recycled water), meaning it has undergone treatment for nutrient removal and UV disinfection and there is adequate flows in the river to allow for the dilution of the treated water released.

With the rainfall capture on site, reduced demand for irrigation and increased flows to the Plant we expect to be releasing 1 to 3 megalitres per day for the next few days while dilution is available.

 

Plant operations update - Tuesday 12 November 2019

We will be testing a wet weather contingency plan from Wednesday 13 November 2019 to cart treated water from our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to the Bendigo Water Reclamation Plant.
 
The test is part of a range of Plant operation actions and works we’re carrying out to minimise the risk of breaching to our Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions. 

Until our Phase 1 works are completed there is a risk that unfavorable weather conditions could result in our onsite lagoons reaching capacity.

It’s important we test our wet weather contingency plans to measure their effectiveness and our readiness to minimise the risk.

The test will involve three trucks making three trips a day to transport around 230 kilolitres of treated water per day from Kyneton to our Bendigo plant. Standard risk controls will be in place for the transportation of the treated water.

The volumes we can transport are relatively low compared to the daily inflow to the plant. Carting is one of a range of actions and works our Kyneton Solutions Project Team is working on to improve the efficiency of the plant.

The summer forecast for warmer and drier than average conditions will put us in a good position to remain compliant while we undertake the Phase 1 works, due to be completed in March 2020.

Local businesses and residents may notice increased heavy vehicle traffic on weekdays while the trial is underway. 

 

Plant operations update – Friday 1 November 2019

The latest operations and improvements information is:  

  • Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant is operating normally
  • The ultraviolet disinfection unit has been replaced and is operational 
  • Treated water being released to the Campaspe River is meeting all EPA licence water quality and dilution ratio conditions
  • Irrigation water is being supplied to Kyneton Racecourse, Kyneton Botanic Gardens, Kyneton Showgrounds and Barkly Square Recreation Reserve
  • Phase 1 works agreement signed with Hardwick Meatworks 
  • Phase 1 works on track to be completed in March 2020 (subject to necessary planning and regulator approvals)
  • Additional gauging station works ready to commence once permits are approved

 

Plant operations update – Tuesday 29 October 2019

An additional gauging station to measure river flow in the Campaspe River will be installed before the end of the year. The location is 700 metres upstream of our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant release point for treated water. 

We agreed to install the additional gauging station after consultation with local landowners to improve understanding of river flows. 

The release of treated water from our plant to the Campaspe River is regulated by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria. 

Our EPA licence allows a maximum ratio of 20 per cent treated water to 80 per cent flow in the Campaspe River (1:5). The river flow is measured at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Redesdale gauging station, 46 kilometres downstream of our plant.

When the new gauging station has been commissioned we will make the data available to landowners and the community. We expect it to be commissioned before the end of the year.

In the absence of an amended licence, we understand that EPA licence compliance will continue to be measured against the Bureau of Meteorology’s Redesdale gauging station.

We are committed to involving the local community, landowners and stakeholders in longer term decision making to lift the plant’s performance and improve river health outcomes of the flow-stressed Campaspe River.

 

Plant operations update – Friday 18 October 2019

Last week we had an issue with the ultraviolet disinfection unit on the domestic treatment stream of Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant. 

As a result we have suspended releases to the Campaspe River until the unit is back online, which is expected to be within the next two weeks.

Our plant is currently compliant with its Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence conditions, however, unfavourable weather conditions could result in non-compliant water releases. 

We have notified landowners of the risk and issued a media release with further information

 

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Last updated on 22 Oct 2020
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