When it comes to recycling water, East Gippsland Water is one of the best performing water corporations in Victoria – often achieving a reuse level of 100% across its 11 wastewater treatment plants.
All the recycled water produced by the corporation is directed at beneficial reuse, with a focus on protecting the environment. It is used on East Gippsland Water’s own properties to irrigate pasture and tree plantations at Newmerella, Mallacoota, Metung, Paynesville, Bairnsdale and Bruces Track Farm near Swan Reach. Third parties to benefit include golf courses and Bairnsdale Racecourse, as well as farmers in Newmerella, Swan Reach, Paynesville, Omeo, Cann River and Kalimna West.
In addition, the recycled water is helping to protect the biodiversity of wetlands including the internationally significant Macleod Morass on the outskirts of Bairnsdale and the Tambo Bay Wetlands near Metung.