May 29, 2015

HISTORICAL RESERVOIR RECEIVES MAJOR UPGRADE

State Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today announced the completion of an important upgrade of the historic Wilsons Reservoir near Bungaree, east of Ballarat.

The $1.5 million package of works includes the extension of the outlet pipeline, a fortification of the embankment, including the installation of sand filters and the addition of a second spillway.

“Wilsons Reservoir is an important part of the Ballarat region’s water supply system – holding 1 gigalitre of water or eight per cent of the region’s annual water needs,” Mr Howard said.

“The upgrade helps secure the region’s water supply and means the Reservoir, which was built in 1891, meets modern industry standards and safeguards against large floods.

“The Reservoir an important historical asset for the region – built in the late 19th century, including period design features such as the bluestone spillway – it’s a reminder of the post gold rush days of the Central Highlands.”

Great care has been taken during the upgrade to ensure the preservation of the Reservoir’s significant historical features including century old engineering practices seen in the existing bluestone spillway and channel.

Located north-east of Ballarat, Wilsons Reservoir represents the fifth reservoir upgrade in less than ten years by Central Highlands Water (CHW). Other CHW sites that have undergone refurbishments since 2006 include Lexton Water Treatment Plant, and reservoirs at Kirks, Gong Gong, and Musical Gully.