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Treated recycled water released from Yackandandah WWTP

 19 July 2017

Treated water from the North East Water Wastewater Treatment Plant in Yackandandah will be routinely released into Yackandandah Creek commencing from Friday 21 July 2017.

Executive Manager Operations, John Day, said the plant’s holding lagoons, which are used to irrigate nearby farmland, have now reached their full capacity.

“Our irrigation season was shortened last year due to heavy rainfall and flooding in September”, Mr Day said.

“Design capacity of the system has been exceeded resulting in NEW discharging into the Yackandandah Creek over the winter period.

“We are unable to irrigate at this time of year because the land is saturated by recent rain, so we need to release some of the water into the creek to ensure that our dams do not overflow.”

Mr Day added, “The water being discharged has been fully treated and our monitoring program will be continued during the process.”

“We are working with our stakeholders during this process including, including EPA Victoria, North East Catchment Management Authority, Department of Health and Human Services and Indigo Shire.”