Melbourne is one of only two cities in the world with drinking water that primarily comes from protected catchments. Most of these catchments have limited public access, producing very clean water that needs little treatment, and is therefore cheaper to supply.

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What’s happening

The existing 14 kilometre chain mesh fence around the Silvan Reservoir is damaged in places. To continue protecting the water in the reservoir, we’ll be installing:

  • a new high-security fence to replace the old one, similar to the high-security fence at Melbourne Airport
  • provision CCTV and intruder detection devices at some locations (a future project).

The new high-security fence will also ensure we meet our obligations to protect Australia’s critical infrastructure.

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Communications and Engagement Advisor

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Security and Asset Manager

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