HOW DOES THE RESORT COLLECT ITS WATER?
The water catchment for the Resort, Dam Valley, is located in a protected valley above the village. The village is supplied by surface water from rainfall runoff and snowmelt. Runoff in the catchment flows through sphagnum moss, which acts as a filter for suspended particulate matter. A small weir captures water and directs it into two 200,000 litre concrete storage tanks which service the village. These tanks are filled by gravity with overflow discharging back into the headwaters of the Tanjil River – Eastern Branch.
IS THE WATER GOOD TO DRINK?
The water at Mt Baw Baw is treated and is perfectly safe for drinking (in fact, we think it’s some of the best). A purpose-built containerised water treatment plant was installed in May 2022 providing the village with clean clear drinking water year round. The system utilised two phases of filtration to remove organic matter followed by disinfection through ultraviolet light and chlorination. Drinking water treatment is monitored and sampled regularly to ensure compliance with Public Health regulations. At times you may notice the smell of chlorine in the drinking water, it is important that there is chlorine residual in the distribution network to ensure continued disinfection until it reaches your tap!
The drinking water treatment plant is located next to the snowsports building in the ski bowl, the container has been designed with four large viewing windows to allow visitors to see the treatment process first hand! Check it out when you next visit Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort.
HOW YOU CAN CONSERVE WATER?
Water is abundantly available during Winter and Spring however during Summer and parts of Autumn (February-April) water availability in the catchment reduces. During this time water saving measures may be put in place to avoid running the village supply dry.