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Ararat Standpipe - Out Of Service

26 Maude Street, Ararat

Last update:

Starting: 9 am, 31 January 2023

Unplanned interruption

Reason: Out of Order

This standpipe is out of service until further notice.

Expected operational date: Friday 3 February 2023.

We advise our customers to use the Cubbit Street, Great Western and Haughton Street, Stawell standpipes in the meantime. 

For other standpipe locations please visit https://www.gwmwater.org.au/connecting-services/emergency-water-and-standpipes/emergency-water-supply-points

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Interruption to Water Supply - Ararat

Barkly Street, Ararat

Last update:

Starting: 1 pm, 15 February 2023
Finishing: 4 pm, 15 February 2023

Planned interruption

Reason: Maintenance Works

Our staff will have bottled water available near the work site for customers to collect.

Prior to the interruption please store sufficient water for your day's needs.

During the water supply interruption do not use any taps or water using appliances.

Following the works it is often necessary for our staff to flush the water mains to restore water quality. Any loss of water will be kept to a minimum.

These maintenance works form part of our commitment to provide best service standards to our customers.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these maintenance works may cause.

For further information please contact our Customer Call Centre on 1300 659 961. For service difficulties or faults, please call us any time on 1800 188 586.

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Interruption to Water Supply - Ararat

High Street, Ararat

Last update:

Starting: 8.30 am, 15 February 2023
Finishing: 10.30 am, 15 February 2023

Planned interruption

Reason: Maintenance Works

Prior to the interruption please store sufficient water for your day's needs.

During the water supply interruption do not use any taps or water using appliances.

Following the works it is often necessary for our staff to flush the water mains to restore water quality. Any loss of water will be kept to a minimum.

These maintenance works form part of our commitment to provide best service standards to our customers.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these maintenance works may cause.

For further information please contact our Customer Call Centre on 1300 659 961. For service difficulties or faults, please call us any time on 1800 188 586.

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Interruption to Water Supply - Ararat

Banfield Street, Ararat

Last update:

Starting: 11 am, 15 February 2023
Finishing: 12 pm, 15 February 2023

Planned interruption

Reason: Maintenance Works

Prior to the interruption please store sufficient water for your day's needs.

During the water supply interruption do not use any taps or water using appliances.

Following the works it is often necessary for our staff to flush the water mains to restore water quality. Any loss of water will be kept to a minimum.

These maintenance works form part of our commitment to provide best service standards to our customers.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these maintenance works may cause.

For further information please contact our Customer Call Centre on 1300 659 961. For service difficulties or faults, please call us any time on 1800 188 586.

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Interruption to Water Supply - Ararat

Lambert Street, Ararat

Last update:

Starting: 12 pm, 15 February 2023
Finishing: 1 pm, 15 February 2023

Planned interruption

Reason: Maintenance Works

Prior to the interruption please store sufficient water for your day's needs.

During the water supply interruption do not use any taps or water using appliances.

Following the works it is often necessary for our staff to flush the water mains to restore water quality. Any loss of water will be kept to a minimum.

These maintenance works form part of our commitment to provide best service standards to our customers.

We apologise for any inconvenience that these maintenance works may cause.

For further information please contact our Customer Call Centre on 1300 659 961. For service difficulties or faults, please call us any time on 1800 188 586.

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BGA - Eureka Water Storage and Surrounding Area

Eureka Water Storage

Last update:

Starting: 3.50 pm, 13 January 2023

Reason: Blue-Green Algae

Eureka Storage – Rural customers in surrounding area

** Water Pumps to remain on – no change to delivery **

AMBER Alert - BGA Levels currently 2.31 mm3L

Laboratory testing of water samples indicate that blue-green algae levels have decreased at the Eureka Storage.

Water delivered by the Eureka Storage is safe to use and is presently below the blue-green algae levels recommended for recreation purposes.

Urban Customers

This Amber Alert does not affect any urban water supplies.

Rural Customers

Rural customers will continue to be supplied from the Eureka Storage.

We recommend that you fill all on-farm tanks to maintain three days’ water supply in tanks on-farm.

Rural Water Quality

Customers are reminded that the raw water being supplied directly to farms through the pipeline or our water carting program is not fit for human consumption.

Water can be used for household activities, such as watering gardens, flushing toilets, irrigation and laundry.

Water Carting

If a blue-green algae Red Alert resumes, upon request, GWMWater will cart up to 28,000 litres of non-drinking water a month to your homestead for household use (i.e. bathing, dishes etc.) at no additional cost.

Standpipe Locations

If rural customers wish to continue carting water to their property at their cost, customers are able to source water from the designated standpipe across the region as listed below.

•  Manangatang/Kulwin - Mallee Highway at the Daly Road and Crook Road crossroad (west of Manangatang)
•  Sea Lake - Lascelles Pump Station (south of Lascelles Township)
•  Berriwillock - Corner of Hopetoun-Woomelang Road and Woomelang South Road (west of Woomelang)
•  Chinkapook - Corner of Springfield Road and Hicks Road (south-east of Chinkapook)
•  Manangatang - Carr Road (south-west of Manangatang)
•  Nandaly - Nandaly-Tempy Road
•  Sea Lake - Corner of Gormans Road and Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road (east of Sea Lake)

We will send an SMS to customers on the Eureka Storage system, who have provided us with their mobile phone details when water quality results indicate a change of alert in our three step blue-green algae scale listed below.

For information or advice on stock related issues:
1800 675 88 - Emergency Animal Disease Hotline (EAD Hotline)
136 186 - Agriculture Victoria
www.agriculture.vic.gov.au

If the water is intended to be used for spraying (excluding weed spraying), customers are advised to seek advice from their agronomist or rural supplier as the water could possibly foul filters on spray units due to the elevated concentration of blue-green algae cells.

We are continuing to monitor this situation and have activated our Blue-Green Algae Management Plan.

We will provide further updates as the situation changes.

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Water Quality Alert - Brimpaen Area

Laharum, Brimpaen, Noradjuha, Natimuk and Wartook Valley areas

Last update:

Starting: 11.40 am, 13 January 2023

Water quality

Reason: Water Quality

Customers with a rural supply in the Brimpaen, Laharum, Noradjuha, Natimuk and Wartook Valley areas may be experiencing discoloured water. GWMWater is monitoring and managing storages to improve water quality in this area.

Water is darker than normal in Lake Wartook due to high rainfall and flooding last year. With high summer demand on the system, the Brimpaen storages are being filled with coloured water from Wartook and the channel system. Water sampling is showing water quality flowing into the storages is improving. We anticipate the water quality in the supply system to improve over the coming weeks.

Our Operations Team will continue to manage the water storages and flush the mains to help relieve some of the effects.

Customers can contact us 24/7 on 1800 188 586 to discuss any water quality concerns or report any sudden change in water quality.

GWMWater will provide further information to customers if the situation changes or if any actions need to be taken.

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Blackwater Monitoring - Murray River

Murray River supplied towns and pipelines

Last update:

Black water alert

Reason: Blackwater in the Murray River

GWMWater filters water on our Murray River Pumping Systems however, this does not improve water quality during blackwater events. Some regulated towns supplies also have a minor level of treatment which has little impact on blackwater.

GWMWater operational staff will continue to manage treatment processes where possible, and flush pipes to help relieve some of the effects of blackwater. We expect water quality issues to continue for several weeks.

Customers can contact us 24/7 on 1800 188 586 to discuss any water quality concerns or report any sudden change in water quality.

GWMWater will provide further information to customers if the situation changes or if any actions need to be taken.

Reminder: Customers in the following towns are reminded that your untreated water supply is not safe for drinking:

  • Walpeup
  • Nandaly
  • Patchewollock
  • Speed
  • Tempy
  • Chillingollah
  • Chinkapook
  • Waitchie
  • Sea Lake
  • Berriwillock
  • Culgoa
  • Ultima
  • Lalbert
  • Nullawil
  • Quambatook

Further resources:

  • More information on blackwater can be found on the Water Quality Australia website by clicking here 
  • Farmers who have been impacted by floods and require assistance, or have urgent animal welfare needs, should contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit the Agriculture Victoria website here
  • Access the latest emergency warnings, news and information on the VicEmergency website by clicking here or by downloading the VicEmergency App to your mobile device.
  • Access the latest weather warnings current for Victoria on the Bureau of Meteorology website by clicking here.

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Blackwater Monitoring - Ultima

Ultima

Last update:

Black water alert

Reason: Blackwater in the Murray River

GWMWater filters water on our Murray River Pumping Systems however, this does not improve water quality during blackwater events. Some regulated towns supplies also have a minor level of treatment which has little impact on blackwater.

GWMWater operational staff will continue to manage treatment processes where possible, and flush pipes to help relieve some of the effects of blackwater. We expect water quality issues to continue for several weeks.

Customers can contact us 24/7 on 1800 188 586 to discuss any water quality concerns or report any sudden change in water quality.

GWMWater will provide further information to customers if the situation changes or if any actions need to be taken.

UPDATE: Ultima Drinking Water Upgrade Project

Construction works for the Ultima Drinking Water Upgrade will resume next week.

We expect water to Ultima will be supplied from the Swan Hill Treatment Plant by the end of February 2023.

We will regularly test the water quality and provide the results to the Department of Health to begin the process of confirming the water supply is suitable for human consumption. It is expected this process will take three months to complete.

We will continue to provide you updates as the project progresses.

Reminder: Customers are reminded that your untreated water supply is not safe for drinking.

Further resources:

  • More information on blackwater can be found on the Water Quality Australia website by clicking here 
  • Farmers who have been impacted by floods and require assistance, or have urgent animal welfare needs, should contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit the Agriculture Victoria website here
  • Access the latest emergency warnings, news and information on the VicEmergency website by clicking here or by downloading the VicEmergency App to your mobile device.
  • Access the latest weather warnings current for Victoria on the Bureau of Meteorology website by clicking here.

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Lake Wallace - Blue-green algae warning

Last update:

Starting: 20 January 2023

Reason: Blue-Green Algae

Regular testing has detected levels of blue-green algae above levels considered safe for recreation use at Lake Wallace in Edenhope.

We warn the public to avoid direct contact with the water. People may still boat, sightsee and enjoy other activities at the lake that do not involve direct water contact.

Warning signs have been positioned at major recreational areas around the lake and will remain in place while the warning is current.

See more information

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