Got a query?
Top five queries
- Do I need to notify GWMWater when I purchase a property?
If you’re purchasing a property and going through a solicitor or conveyancer, you don’t need to notify us.
We require a legal Title to change the ownership of a property. If you have a solicitor or conveyancer, they will send this to us with your details via a Notice of Acquisition after settlement.
Make sure your mailing address is up to date.
- Why is my water usage so high?
If you think your water bill is unusually high, consider the following:
We tend to use more water in the warmer months so remember to compare your water use to the same time last year, rather than to your last bill.
Appliances and watering
If you’re using an appliance more often it will increase your usage. Check your appliance settings and see if there’s a water saving mode. Automated watering systems and evaporative cooling can also use a lot of water, so check your settings.
You may have an undetected leak which is causing your water use to rise. Toilet leaks are especially common.
Misread water meter
If your water meter was read incorrectly it will affect how much water use we’ve billed you for. If you think we’ve misread your meter, contact us to submit your correct meter reading.
- What are the current water restrictions in my area?
All Victorian towns are under Permanent Water Savings Rules when staged water restrictions aren’t in place.
- How do I check for a water leak?
You can use your water meter to check for leaks. Simply note and then compare your water meter reading before and after a period of no water use. More advice about checking for a water leak.
Customers connected to the Wimmera or Northern Mallee pipeline
If you're one of our customers connected to the Wimmera or Northern Mallee pipelines, you can also use our Customer Portal, a free online system that allows you to monitor your water and get leak alerts via your smart phone, tablet, laptop or home computer. Read more about Customer Portal.
- I've had a water leak. Is there anything that I can claim?
If you’ve had a leak on your property, please contact us to see if you’re eligible to receive an undetected leak rebate.
This rebate is available to both urban and rural customers providing certain criteria has been met.
Outages and water quality alerts
Donald Water Shortage
We ask our Donald customers to minimise outside water use until further notice.
Our Donald Water Storage Tank is unable to keep up with the high demand of water being used by customers in Donald.
If you have any queries, please contact us on 1300 659 961 during business hours.
To report difficulties and faults, please ring 1800 188 586 any time.Read more
Interruption to Service Northern Mallee Pipeline from Ouyen to Underbool
Reason: Upgrade of Storm Water System in Ouyen
Starting: 30 January 2018
Finishing: 31 January 2018
Mildura Rural City Council has engaged Waterex (Mildura) to undertake an upgrade of the Storm Water System in Ouyen. The new storm water pipe crosses GWMWater’s Northern Mallee Pipeline in Ouyen and will require an interruption to supply affecting approximately 192 rural properties between Ouyen and Underbool.
Customers should ensure that their mandatory three (3) days on farm storage tanks are holding sufficient supplies to ensure that they have water for the period of the outage.
Please note: There will be an automatic deferral of works within 24-48 hours after above times in the event of extreme weather where temperatures are above 38 degrees celsius or a total fire ban.Read more
Blue green algae warnings
Blue green algae warning for Green Lake near Horsham
Reason: Blue-green algae
We are warning the public to avoid direct contact with water in Green Lake near Horsham after monitoring detected levels of blue green algae above levels considered safe for recreational use.Read more
Lake Bellfield is located in the eastern Grampians near Halls Gap and has an inlet from Fyans Creek. Lake Bellfield supplies water to Halls Gap and Pomonal. It's also the main source of supply for the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline system, supported by Taylors Lake. The lake is used for recreational activities such as boating, fishing and picnicking.
Natural disasters in past years, such as the Mt Lubra fires in 2006 and the floods of January 2011 have badly affected the water quality of Lake Bellfield. We have recorded record levels of turbidity and water colour in recent times.