It was only a few years ago when in about the 10th year of the Victorian drought, the State government and water companies decided that it was probably best if Melton was connected to Metropolitan Melbourne’s water network. It took a full year to lay a pipeline from Sydenham to Melton township, and the associated pumping stations to connect the two systems. We are now in our 13th year of below average rainfall in our district with no end to the drought in sight, but at least we have a water supply that is a little more secure.
I dread to think that if this vital piece of infrastructure was not put in place, the entire town would either be drinking muddy water, or would have started to become a ghost town due to water shortages. Food for thought, and probably a very good time to think of your own water security if you are in a similar situation.