9 June 2023

More than five million litres of water have been delivered through Mansfield’s new purple recycled water standpipe since it was installed a year ago.

The standpipe was constructed by Goulburn Valley Water in collaboration with Mansfield Shire Council, to create access to treated, recycled water to help reduce dependence on the potable water supply.

The standpipe provides Class B recycled water, suitable for use during construction works, or for watering sports fields, golf courses and more.

It also complements the use of recycled water already in place at the Mansfield Golf Club to irrigate greens in a sustainable way.

The recycled water standpipe is designed to reduce pressure on drinking water supplies by providing an alternate source of water, which is suitable for using during construction or for watering sports fields, golf courses and more.

GVW Managing Director Steve Capewell said GVW was committed to finding sustainable water supply options to support a circular economy.

“Our first recycled water standpipe in Euroa is really successful, and it’s fantastic we’ve been able to partner with Mansfield Shire Council to implement another purple standpipe to help ensure the sustainability of our water sources,” he said.

“The Mansfield water catchment is highly dependent on rainfall, which is being impacted by the changing climate. Finding new ways to use recycled wastewater will also help with long-term management of sustainable water sources and improve water security for the region.”

Mansfield Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Alexander said Council was grateful to partner with GVW on the initiative.

“Our community places high value on our environment and sustainability. Our population has tripled its forecasted growth and as our town grows, we’re pleased for opportunities that complement our strategy for sustainable growth,” Ms Alexander said.

“Using recycled water for these resource intensive works ensures we are more environmentally sustainable. We continue to work with GVW to develop other opportunities for recycled water.”

The purple standpipe is the second for Goulburn Valley Water, which installed its first in Euroa last year as part of the Greening Euroa project - a partnership between GVW, Strathbogie Shire Council, and local schools and groups to improve drought resilience and enhance liveability by keeping community spaces green in a sustainable way.

Upgrades at the site also include protection of a scar tree, as well as safer access for vehicles entering from the new heavy vehicle bypass route.

There is also opportunity for further development, including plans to install a new dump point for RVs and a potable water standpipe, seating and tables as well as information signage highlighting Taungurung history.

The standpipe has access for large tanker trailers and is available 24/7 for contractors.