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Water Conservation At Flemington

Wednesday, 7th March 2007

The Victoria Racing Club is working with Melbourne's City West Water to reduce water consumption at Flemington Racecourse by 70% by 2010. Measures already implemented include replacement of urinals in all buildings with waterless urinals & installation of dual-flush toilets & water-efficient taps in all new buildings. Outdoors, salt water from the Maribyrnong River (instead of drinking water) is being used for dust suppression on dirt & sand training tracks; drought-resistant plants have been planted in the wetlands area; & the species of turf used on the redeveloped track requires less water than the previous type. In addition drainage under the new track "will collect water & distribute it back to the wetlands for potential reuse, & water will also be reused through the new back-wash recycling system installed in the horse pool". VRC chief executive Dale Monteith also revealed: "The plan will include measures to reduce the club's reliance on drinking water. Investigations to date have included sewer mining, diversion of storm water & sinking of water bores. A small sewer mining plant has been commissioned, which has produced limited quantities of usable recycled water; the signs, however, are promising. The club has also drilled for usable ground-water in the centre of the course (down to 150m); while there has been plenty of water, it has been too salty. We now plan to drill up on the hill above the river's flood plain, in the hope we can find usable water. It will also be necessary to create water storage capacity in the centre of the course, to which water can be pumped & then used on the racetrack & gardens."

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