Water Towers open to the public

03 October 2017

East Warrnambool Water Tower

Two of Warrnambool’s iconic water towers will be open to the public this month.

Wannon Water will hold open days at the east and west towers to celebrate National Water Week.


Branch Manager Communications and Engagement Garrath Darkin said the event will allow people to learn more about the structures and the important role they play in providing adequate water pressure to customers.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to climb an internal staircase to a viewing platform at the top of each tower. From here they can enjoy panoramic views across the city, countryside and ocean as far as Lady Julia Percy Island,” Mr Darkin said.

The east tower will be open to the public on Sunday 15 October from 10am to 12 noon. The west tower will open on Sunday 15 October from 1pm to 3pm, and on Wednesday 18 October from 4:30pm to 6.30pm.

“Places are limited so people need to book as soon as possible,” Mr Darkin said.

Sessions will take place in 20-minute blocks for groups of up to 10 people. Participants must be physically active to climb the steps and the minimum age is five years. Bookings are essential by completing the online registration form at www.wannonwater.com.au or by calling 1300 926 666

Mr Darkin said National Water Week helps to highlight the importance of water and the need to protect this precious resource.

“The theme for 2017, Water – The Heart of our Culture, encourages people to explore how water shapes our everyday lives through recreational activities, the natural world and our community values.

“We also aim to foster a better understanding of how Wannon Water works to manage more than $700 million worth of assets, ensuring the long-term security of our water supply and the reliability of our services,” Mr Darkin said.

Wannon Water’s facilities include 13 water towers or elevated tanks located throughout the south-west, with five of them serving Warrnambool. The oldest is the Liebig Street Water Tower, which was built of local sandstone in 1893, making it one of the city’s most historic structures.

The East Warrnambool Water Tower, off Selby Road, and the West Warrnambool Water Tower, off Hyland Street, were required to meet growing residential development. The iconic structures are identical designs constructed in 1972-1973 by local contractors John Snaauw and RA Steel Buildings.

To register for a tour CLICK HERE