Water program saving megalitres for GeelongPort

Barwon Water is helping businesses such as GeelongPort make significant water savings through its Business Water Savings Grants Program.

Barwon Water is helping businesses such as GeelongPort make significant water savings through its Business Water Savings Grants Program.

After successfully applying for funding through the program, GeelongPort installed seven data loggers at their site.

A year later, the loggers enabled the business to identify leaks of various sizes around the port precinct. It has led to water savings of thousands of kilolitres.

Nelson Taylor, GeelongPort’s environment specialist, said a recently detected leak in the port could have resulted in megalitres of lost water if not for the data loggers.

“The loggers are attached to a portal. Staff have 24/7 access to usage data, so they were alerted to a leak of 1.85kl per minute that occurred under one of the port’s berths,” Taylor said.

“Without the logger, the water loss could have amounted to 18.6 ML if gone unnoticed for a week.”

GeelongPort takes water data seriously

The port checks the data regularly, Taylor said. It allows GeelongPort to pick up and investigate any extended periods of unexpected water flow. They can report on the efficiency of environmental KPIs and goals.

“This process has helped us locate and repair four large leaks over the past 12 months, some of which may have run unnoticed in underground pipes for extended periods had the data loggers not been installed.

“With the loggers providing real-time data and alerts, unusual consumption is noticed immediately and investigated.

“The data from the loggers are also matched with ship and operational movements. It helps understand how water is used, improving our general water consumption efficiency.”

The program’s grants provide up to 50 per cent of the direct costs of projects that deliver permanent reductions in drinking water consumption. Barwon Water General Manager Customers, Community and Strategy Laura Kendall said GeelongPort’s outcomes were a great example of what businesses could achieve.

“The grants are designed to help high-water-use businesses save our precious drinking water resources. It also helps them save money at the same time,” she said.

“Well done on GeelongPort for coming up with a great water-saving project.”

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