Licola water upgrade

LICOLA has had an upgrade to its water treatment system, ensuring residents and visitors can rely on safe drinking water.

The town was ravaged by fires, mudslides, and floods in 2007, and Gippsland Water has been helping it get safe water to homes, community buildings and the caravan park, which source their water from the Macalister River.

Gippsland Water customer service and communications general manager Paul Clark said Gippsland Water’s water quality team had helped to design a more compact and reliable water treatment system since 2010, when it received a “cry for help” from the Lions Village.

“Although the Lions Club is responsible for the town’s water supply, our water quality team has assisted them with upgrading the chlorine dosing system to ensure it is working well and disinfecting as it should, which in turn is essentially helping the club meet its obligations in providing safe water under the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” Mr Clark said.

“Most of all, the new system is easier to use and understand, and we continue to help them by regularly checking the unit,” he added.

Licola Wilderness Village chief executive officer and operations manager Adam Wake said having complete confidence in providing a safe and secure water supply was critical, particularly for the town’s tourism industry.

Licola township is owned by the Lions Clubs of Victoria and southern New South Wales.

It is the only privately owned town in Victoria and the only one not connected to mains power.

The town generates its own power, pumps and treats its own water and is responsible for its waste management.