World First Water Recycling
Mt Buller is the first alpine resort in the world to implement a system that enables it to use recycled water for snowmaking. The $3.43 million Water Reuse project is a great achievement for the resort and evidence of Mt Buller's commitment to the longevity of the snow season.
The Water Reuse system enables Mt Buller to recycle up to 2 million litres of waste water per day, by treating waste water with a stringent disinfection process that results in the production of Class A recycled water. Class A is the highest achievable standard in recycled water.
The treatment of Mt Buller's recycled water benefits the local environment by improving the quality of run-off that enters surrounding areas and water ways, and is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that it produces a safe and consistent quality of water.
The Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board was recognised for this innovation by the United Nations Association of Australia at the World Environment Day awards.
Boggy Creek Reservoir
Mt Buller’s new 100 megalitre reservoir was completed in June 2020. The $11.3m project was made possible by investment from State Government, Buller Ski Lifts and Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management.
The reservoir is an essential part of the resorts' climate change adaptation strategy, with the additional water supply increasing capacity for snow making in winter, firefighting in summer, the year-round Village drinking water supply, plus an innovative watering system to sustain rare alpine bogs on the mountain.
Several environmental initiatives during construction minimised the project footprint, which has conserved existing plants in the area. Unique native plants specific to Mt Buller have been sourced for the re-vegetation of the construction area and a specialty nursery at Mt Hotham is producing 15,000 plants to assist.
The Mt Buller community was involved with naming the reservoir 'Boggy Creek Reservoir'.
The reservoir is located on the former site of the top of the Boggy Creek T bar, the launch point for the Boggy Creek Trail and the headwaters of Boggy Creek which provides the water for the reservoir.
View a time-lapse of the reservoir construction from October 2019- March 2020 below.