Environment

Map your ideas as Melbourne Water plan for a Waterway Blitz

Melbourne Water are looking for hot-spot locations to collect litter, remove weeds and undertake other amenity improvements. The Waterway Blitz is part of the $500 million State Government Working for Victoria initiative. Melbourne Water has created more than 100 new jobs with the majority of those roles aimed at protecting and beautifying the city’s waterways. This is…

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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VicWater is preparing a submission on the Draft guidance on the Emissions Reduction Fund’s regulatory additionality requirement.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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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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Providing Traditional Owner access to water and shared benefits

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Victorian water corporations are trialling a number of different ways of providing Traditional Owner access to water and shared benefits. Most of these are exploratory or in early planning stag­es, while some are currently in progress. Wannon Water is supporting the Killara Kooyong Project, a pilot eel aquaculture project using water…

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A partnership approach to land and waterway management in Gippsland

Celebrating National Reconciliation Week Four water corporations in the Gippsland region – East Gippsland Water, Gippsland Water, South Gippsland Water and Southern Rural Water – are signatories to the Gunaikurnai Land And Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) and Gippsland Environmental Agencies (GEA) Partnership Agreement. The Agreement has four key objectives and a two-year action plan. The…

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Onsite waste water systems and sewer connection powers

VicWater attended a meeting of DELWP Onsite Domestic Wastewater Steering Committee 29 April. The meeting included discussion on policy options to augment powers to connect properties to sewer services which were circulated to water corporations in February.

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