Barwon Water (Barwon Region Water Corporation) is Victoria’s largest regional urban water corporation, providing high quality water, recycled water and sewerage services. Its area of responsibility stretches from Little River and the Bellarine Peninsula in the east, to Colac in the west, and from Meredith and Cressy in the north, to Apollo Bay on Victoria’s south-west coast.
Barwon Water providea services to more than 298,000 permanent residents. Over the summer holiday period, the serviced population can reach 510,000 people.
Barwon Water customers are 92% residential and 8% commercial or industrial. Around 30% of metered consumption is attributed to non-domestic customers.
Geelong is supplied by the catchments on the upper Barwon and Moorabool rivers and – during drought – by two underground aquifers. They also have access to the Victorian water grid via the Melbourne to Geelong pipeline.
The Barwon River system and Otways Ranges catchment typically supplies around 80% of greater Geelong’s water, with the balance from catchments on the Moorabool River system.
Supplies in the Colac-Otway region are drawn from five separate sources, all located in forested Otway catchments.
Lornen and Apollo Bay / Skenes Creek / Marengo have their own discrete water supply systems.