Bendigo Groundwater Project

> Background

Naturally occurring groundwater within the historical mine workings beneath Bendigo has been recovering to natural levels since mining activity ceased in 2011.

The groundwater contains elevated levels of salinity, arsenic, other heavy metals and hydrogen sulphide gas (rotten egg gas).

Groundwater from the Central Deborah tourist mine was being pumped to the New Chum line of workings via the Eureka shaft.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has been working with community, stakeholders and local agencies to identify transitional and permanent solutions for managing the groundwater.


> Transitional solution

The Victorian Government has committed $27.4 million to support a Transitional Solution to Bendigo’s rising groundwater project.

Coliban Water, in partnership with DELWP, delivered the Transitional Solution.

This included refurbishment of a treatment plant at New Moon, north of Eaglehawk, building two pipelines from New Moon to Coliban Water’s Bendigo Water Reclamation Plant in Epsom and creating a new brine storage lagoon at the Plant.


> Permanent solution

DELWP is continuing to work with the Community Reference Group and State and Local Government Advisory Group to develop a short list of long-term options.

DELWP has invited industry, academia, community organisations and the general public to submit their ideas for sustainable, long term treatment and funding options for the groundwater issue.

Further information on the proposal can be found on the DELWP website.


> Further information

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 158KB)

Groundwater treatment factsheet (PDF 195KB)

Transitional Solution (PDF 197KB)

Pipeline alignment (PDF 344KB)

Media Release - Friday 1 September 2017

Jacinta Allan MP and Maree Edwards MP:
Water flows into groundwater solution

Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Managing groundwater from Bendigo mines


> Bendigo Groundwater project slide show

Bendigo Groundwater Project


> Proposed project timelines

8 July 2016
The Victorian Government commits $23.2m to fund the Transitional Solution

27 July 2016
Groundwater project information sessions

5 August 2016
Issue tenders for the design and construct of pre-treatment at New Moon Mine

22 August 2016
Issue tenders for design and construct for storage lagoon at Bendigo Water Reclamation Plant

26 August 2016
Submit EPA works approval

December 2016
Tenders awarded

January 2017

EPA works approval awarded

February 2017
Construction commences for Transitional Solution

August 2017
Project completed

September 2017
Operation of Transitional Solution


> Contact us

For further information on this project, please email us at or call us on 1300 363 200.



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