Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) has increased surveillance at its water and wastewater facilities after several perimeter fences were cut to gain access to sites in recent weeks.
Members of the public and GVW staff have reported recreational fishing and minor boating activities at Tatura, Kyabram and Tongala facilities where fences have had holes cut, some on more than one occasion.
GVW operations manager Steven Nash said the corporation was responsible for providing safe drinking water to the community and managing intrusions impacted on the delivery of these services.
‘‘It is important that the water is not subject to contamination by people swimming, boating or camping, and for this reason all our sites are fenced and signed to indicate that public access is not permitted,’’ Mr Nash said.
He said gaining unauthorised access to GVW facilities would lead to prosecution.
‘‘Theft and property damage are serious offences and GVW will take all measures necessary to stop members of the public illegally entering our sites,’’ he said.
●Members of the public who notice any suspicious activity at GVW facilities are encouraged to report it directly to local police, or GVW’s 24-hour customer service centre on 1800 454 500.