2 March 2023

Tatura and Shepparton residents will get a rare insight into the world of water treatment when local facilities open for public tours later this month.

Goulburn Valley Water will host tours at its Shepparton Water Treatment Plant and Tatura Water Treatment Plant and is encouraging people to register to join one of three sessions.

Tours of Shepparton and Tatura’s water treatment plants will be run:

  • Shepparton: Wednesday 22 March from 1pm for a light lunch and tour
  • Tatura: Thursday 23 March, from 1pm for a light lunch and tour
  • Tatura: Thursday 23 March, from 6pm for a bbq and tour

The evening tour at Tatura is also an opportunity for residents to see the tower and its artwork illuminated, with lights switching on each evening at dusk.

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director Steve Capewell encouraged residents to register for an opportunity to learn about where water is sourced from and how it’s treated to high standards to ensure its safe to drink.

“This is great opportunity to hear our water treatment experts explain the treatment process as part of a guided tour and to see the facilities up close,” Dr Capewell said.

“We’re excited to have another opportunity to open our doors to the community after the original tours were postponed during the October floods and to help provide a greater understanding about drinking water in our region.”

An upgrade was completed at Tatura during the past couple of years, expanding the plant’s capacity to treat 12 megalitres of water per day to 18ML, which will help meet future demand as the town grows. A new dissolved air floatation and filtration plant was also installed.

Shepparton’s treatment plant also received upgrades on its filter systems in the past year to help improve the treatment process.

Tour spots are limited, and registrations are essential – they close at 3pm on Friday 17 March. To book your spot or for more information, visit gvwater.vic.gov.au/community/national-water-week