Archive for June 2020

Hackathon

On Wednesday, 17 June AWA Victoria will be kicking off a Bushfire Recovery Challenges hackathon and we encourage you to get involved to contribute to solutions whilst learning from experts in the field. During the session, there will be presentations on six challenge statements, developed with local water authorities, CMAs, local government, DELWP, Aboriginal &…

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Reduced Water Prices For Northern Victoria Irrigators

The Victorian Government has welcomed the Essential Services Commission (ESC) price decision for Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) customers announced today. The decision means most GMW customers – predominantly irrigators – will see an average 10 per cent drop in prices from 1 July 2020 and a continued 1 percent reduction for each of the following three…

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Submission to the Federal Government Clean Energy Regulator

VicWater is preparing a submission on the Draft guidance on the Emissions Reduction Fund’s regulatory additionality requirement. The focus of the submission is on the compatibility of water corporation emissions reduction targets under the Statement of Obligations and the ‘regulatory additionality’ requirement for registering projects in order to create ACCUs, which is seen as a…

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Submission on plumbing Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

VicWater is preparing a submission on CPD for building and plumbing practitioners (Continuing Professional Development for Builders and Plumbers). CPD provides an opportunity to progressively improve awareness of risks and controls associated with recycled water cross connections. In preparing the submission, VicWater will consult with water corporation members of the VBA water industry liaison working…

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Construction Procurement – Major Projects Standard Contract

The VicWater Major Projects Standard Contract Working Group has issued an RFQ to appoint a firm to draft the new contract Major Projects Standard Contract, a requirement under the new Ministerial Standing Directions for Construction Procurement. The Construction Procurement Reference Group (on which all water corporations are represented) met on 27 May to provide final…

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Recreational access to potable water storages

Work is continuing on the DELWP project to undertake a ‘State-wide assessment of cost and time for providing on-water access at Victoria’s water storages’. VicWater and the water industry Recreational Access Working Group has provided significant input to the project scope, which aims to transparently evaluate cost impacts, lead time and other factors associated with…

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VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance guide review

Following the workshop on 20 April, VicWater formed a sub-working group to develop detailed policy positions for the updated VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance Guideline. The sub-working group met twice during May and has now shared recommendations with the Essential Services Commission and the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria. After an opportunity to provide…

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Submission on changes to EPA operating licence

VicWater has prepared an industry submission on changes to EPA operating licence conditions. VicWater will continue discussions with EPA to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden associated with proposed licence conditions. As well as potentially changing the wording of draft licence conditions, EPA also welcomes an industry approach which specifies a low burden approach to compliance, whilst…

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Review of the Recycled Water Guidelines – Red Tape Reduction

Public consultation on the draft recycled water guidelines will commence shortly. VicWater will coordinate a water industry submission during the public consultation period. VicWater and Yarra Valley Water played a significant role in the instigation of this review and have represented the industry on the Recycled Water Guidelines Review Working Group since mid-2018. The review…

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Submission to the Productivity Commission – Water Reform 2020

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper on national water reform. VicWater met with Commissioner Jane Doolan (also a Western Water Board Director) during February to discuss water reform priorities, opportunities for the issues paper and a renewed National Water Initiative. Submissions are due by 21 August. VicWater will coordinate a submission with input…

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