Water authorities are invesigating the viability of diverting water from the Gellibrand River system into Lake Colac, in response to a community campaign.
Colac businesspeople and Polwarth MP Richard Riordan joined forces to create community campaign Just Add Water and funded an independent review into the feasibility of increasing water levels in the lake.
The independent consultant responsible for the report studied the lake’s water levels going back almost 50 years and investigated how much water was needed to provide the lake with a sustainable water level.
Barwon Water’s Paul Northey said Barwon Water was currently investigating the infrastructure requirements to deliver the additional 6000 megalitres as the proposal suggested.
“The proposal would also need to secure additional water supply as the amount required would be over and above Barwon Water’s existing entitlement for Colac’s drinking water supply,” he said.
“As the proposal suggests the diversion of water from the Gellibrand River, a number of factors would need to be explored such as the impacts on other entitlement holders, the environmental impacts and the risk of flooding on low-lying properties surrounding Lake Colac.”
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.