Construction activities are about to ramp up on Apollo Bay’s water storage project in Victoria’s west with construction of the pump station expected to begin early in the new year.

Site set-up has commenced and environmental controls, including silt fences and groundwater and dust management, are being established.

Barwon Water General Manager Infrastructure Services Paul Northey said site sheds and amenities were being erected on Barham River Road ahead of earthworks commencing at the basin site.

“We expect to have earthworks and the basin lining completed before winter 2013,” Mr Northey said.

“Construction at the river pump station site is expected to begin early next year with a large proportion of the work also to be completed before winter.”

The 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.

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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