Archive for January 2021

A Word from the CEO

To those of you who spent time away from work in January, welcome back! If you missed our January issue, I provided an update on our progress against the VicWater Strategic Plan and the changes we are making to improve our member services. This month, I would like to reflect on the support we received over the financial year. Looking…

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Modern Slavery Program of Work

The VicWater Social Procurement Working Group commenced Phase Three of our Sustainable Procurement Initiative in November 2020. Jointly funded by the majority of Water Corporations, we engaged the ongoing support of a specialist human rights consulting team at KPMG Banarra. This Initiative is an important piece of work to put us in an industry-leading position…

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Tree-lightful initiative for increasing shade and cooling across Melbourne

An abundance of trees and native shrubs have been planted at selected `hot zones’ across the city as part of Melbourne Water’s Urban Cooling Program. The project, two years in the making, has seen a total of 770 trees and more than 17,000 shrubs planted along pathways in Melbourne’s south-east, north and inner west –…

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GWMWater establishes end-to-end water trace within network

GWMWater has installed digital water meters across a third of Victoria; demonstrating that digital metering can move from the trial stage into delivery and then become part of business as usual. The utility, which covers around 62,000 square kilometres, or around 25 per cent of Victoria, has replaced 29,000 water meters across urban areas with…

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footprint® 2.0 – The smart metering platform for business, just got smarter!

Built for business, footprint® 2.0 provides network wide, near real-time monitoring of water, gas and electricity meters as well as trade waste parameters. The web-based solution will support your business to: Detect leaks and unusual consumption Visualise use in near real-time Enhance environmental reputation Compatible with any data logger, footprint® 2.0 provides the visibility and…

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Keeping you safe from fraud and scams

During the current COVID crisis the finance industry has seen an increase in various scams, as some people try to take advantage of the disruption and uncertainty. The most common scam involves cold-calls to Australians and unsolicited emails and text messages about accessing their super early. And a recent survey of 1,066 respondents revealed that…

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World first electrical safety training simulator receives federal funding

Melbourne Water and Deakin University’s CADET Virtual Reality Training and Simulation Research Lab are set to accelerate the development of a world first electrical safety training simulator. The research project has received financial support from the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), which invests Commonwealth funds in industry-led manufacturing research and development. The collaboration will…

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A Word from the CEO

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2021, I am excited for the new prospects of the year.  Since we managed to achieve great things throughout the crazy period of 2020, what will we achieve this year? 2021 marks the midpoint of our Strategic Plan period.  Under the Plan we focus on five strategic areas (below).…

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Policy Update

Infrastructure Victoria has released the Victoria’s Draft 30-Year infrastructure Strategy for consultation. The draft strategy recommendations are grouped into four themes: confront long-term challenges, manage urban change, harness infrastructure for productivity and growth and develop regional Victoria. Many recommendations are relevant to water corporations, including on topics such as supply augmentation, liveability, water governance, waste…

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