Artist impression of the new 250 million litre water basin to be constructed near Barham River Road. A transfer pump station will be located next to the basin.

Barwon Water will begin constructing Apollo Bay’s long awaited water storage within weeks.

The $22 million project involves a new 250-million litre storage, a pump station to harvest water from the Barham River and another pump station and pipeline to transfer supplies to the treatment plant at Marengo.

Work will start in November, with initial site set-up and the start of construction of the storage basin.

Construction of the river pump station is expected to begin early next year.

Barwon Water General Manager Infrastructure Services Paul Northey said the necessary council planning permits had been received and, following a long planning process, work could finally begin.

“The new storage will boost the existing 125-million litre basin at Marengo and ensure water security for Apollo Bay, Marengo and Skenes Creek,” Mr Northey said.

“It is great news for the Apollo Bay community, which has endured summer water restrictions for a number of years due to the current limited storage capacity,” he said.

The storage is expected to be operational in 2014 and will meet forecast growth until 2055.

The project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance, which combines the skills and experience of Barwon Water, design and engineering company GHD and construction company John Holland.

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