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Published September 13th 2013
Do you know where your drinking water comes from?
One of the stark differences you notice when you travel overseas from Melbourne is the difference in the taste of water, even if you are using bottled water. Those of us living in Melbourne, and for that matter in Victoria, can claim that we have the best tasting water to drink, straight from the tap, as we have some of the cleanest catchments in the world, which become the source of running water in our taps. I live in the South-Eastern suburbs, and the water supply in our area comes from the Cardinia Reservoir, located in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. The Cardinia Reservoir is part of the Cardinia Reservoir Park, which includes the picnic areas, playgrounds and bushlands surrounding the reservoir.
The fact of the matter is that the Cardinia Reservoir was built as a result of shortage of water and a need for storage of water became evident back in the 1960s. The Cardinia Creek, which ran from the Dandenong Ranges to the Western Port Bay, was chosen as a suitable location, and construction was completed in 1973. It took four years after completion to actually fill the reservoir with adequate quantity of water, and the neighbouring Silvan Reservoir was also used as a source to fill it up.
Visual Depiction of the encatchment areas and areas water is supplied to
A pipeline is used even today to transfer water from Silvan to Cardinia, and hydro-electricity is generated along the way. The Cardinia Reservoir supplies water to Melbourne's southern and south-eastern suburbs, and the Mornington Peninsula. The capacity of this catchment is 287 thousand megaliters of water.
One of the Boards placed near Cardinia Reservoir to explain how the system works
If you wish to visit, there are several lookout points around the south-eastern side of the Cardinia Reservoir.
One of the many lookout points around Cardinia Reservoir
Beautiful place to catch up on reading a book
You can also walk on the pathway built on the dam wall of the reservoir, which is stroller or wheelchair friendly. It can get a bit windy up near the reservoir, so keep appropriate gear if you wish to go for a walk.
Pathway built on the Dam Wall for walkers
Of course, the picnic grounds around the reservoir can provide a spot for a family picnic or a day out. Just remember not to wear your best shoes as you will find animal scat all over the grounds.
Picnic grounds with the Dam Wall in the background
A detailed map along with information about the area can be found on their website. It would help to do a bit of reading before you head out so that you have a clearer idea of what to expect when you get there. Cardinia Reservoir Park not only proves to be a beautiful and scenic spot for a picnic but you will find that there is a lot to learn about the history and importance of this place.
Just remember that Melbourne tap water is one of the best tasting in the world before you buy a bottle of water next time.