GIPPSLAND Water’s upgrade of the Moe water treatment plant has reached another milestone with the completion of a new 24-megalitre treated water storage basin.

The additional basin has doubled the plant’s storage capacity of drinking water and will allow future maintenance works and upgrades to be completed without limiting water supply.

The managing director, Sarah Cumming, said water security across the region was a priority for Gippsland Water.

“We’re investing in our water network to make sure it is resilient to climate change and supports a growing population,” Ms Cumming said.

“This project has bolstered water security for our customers in Moe and Warragul.

“The townships’ supply systems are already interconnected, meaning if we need to take Warragul water treatment plant offline for maintenance, Moe can supply its customers, and vice versa.

“Now we have even more capacity, which we can tap into to support our customers now and into the future.”

The new $8.5 million treated water basin was put into service in December and is part of an overall upgrade of the Moe water treatment plant that began in 2020.

The final part of the upgrade is set to begin this year and includes a new liner and cover for the plant’s existing basin and new pipework.

The water treatment plant’s existing buildings and equipment were updated in the first stage of the project.

Moe water treatment plant services Moe, Newborough, Yallourn North, Westbury, Trafalgar, Yarragon and Darnum.