$2.6m water infrastructure renewal for Bass Coast

The Minister for Water, the Hon. Harriet Shing MP officially opened Westernport Water’s $2.6M San Remo Basin Renewal project last week.

The renewal of the 30ML drinking water storage basin included replacing the ageing cover and liner and re-enforcing the embankment to provide reliable drinking water services for the next 30 years.

The project required careful planning from Westernport Water’s specialist teams to ensure that customers continued to have access to a reliable supply of drinking water, while the San Remo Basin was taken offline. This required the construction of a temporary tank.

The San Remo Basin can store up to 30 million litres or about five days of supply, so it’s an important part of the water supply system, providing a safe and reliable storage before water gravity feeds to customers. San Remo Basin is fed by Westernport Water’s Candowie Reservoir, which can store up to 4,463 million litres.

The major task of replacing the liner and cover was finished three months ahead of time and under budget without any impact to services, customers, and the community.

Read the Victorian Government media release: https://bit.ly/3LhdLGS

Quotes attributed to Westernport Water’s Managing Director, Dona Tantirimudalige

“Long-term infrastructure planning is essential to meet the growing demands for water and wastewater services as we see people moving to the region.”

“The San Remo Basin is Westernport Water’s main drinking water storage in our water distribution system and essential to providing reliable water services to the communities of San Remo and Phillip Island.”

“The renewal of the basin will provide Westernport Water with enhanced operational flexibility to cater for the spike in demand experienced during peak holiday seasons.”

We acknowledge that this asset is on the lands of the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation.  The Bunurong people have managed the resources on Millowl for thousands of years. We acknowledge them and their continued connection to this place as we go about managing the water resources today.

Westernport Water staff and the Minister for Water at San Remo Basin

From left: Gareth Kennedy – General Manager – Corporate & Customer, Dona Tantirimudalige – Managing Director, The Hon. Harriet Shing – Minister for Water and Chaminda Jayasena – Manager Infrastructure & Planning.