Environment

Emerging contaminants

VicWater is negotiating with EPA on the details of an emerging contaminant sampling initiative planned for later in 2021. DELWP has funded EPA to deliver the water industry Tier 2 Emerging Contaminant Study, which builds on the results of the 2020 VicWater Tier 1 Desktop Risk Assessment and will ensure cross-sector compliance with obligations under…

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Working for Victoria crews weeding out threats to Plenty Gorge environment

A popular park in Melbourne’s north has now reopened to the public after recovering from bushfire damage – thanks to a helping hand from Melbourne Water’s Working for Victoria program. Crews have completed vital weeding works within Plenty Gorge Park supporting Parks Victoria’s efforts to rehabilitate the site damaged by a bushfire in December 2019.…

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Victorian Environmental Water Holder: Reflections 2019-20

Reflections is the Victorian Environmental Water Holder’s (VEWH) annual publication which reflects on the past watering year and celebrates the efforts and achievements of program partners, Traditional Owners and local communities who work tirelessly to protect our waterways. It includes short stories from across Victoria that showcase how water for the environment has protected the…

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Recycled water guidelines

During January, VicWater wrote to EPA in relation to mandated Log Reduction Values (LRV) in the draft recycled water guidelines. At the suggestion of the Department of Health (DH), EPA inserted a mandated 1 LVR ‘operation target’ above the nationally endorsed LRV standard. If adopted, this change would significantly increase capital and operational costs of…

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Drinking water advisories

VicWater is consulting with members on the preparation of a response to the draft Department of Health guidance on drinking water advisories and protocols. The draft was circulated on 27 December and has elicited member concerns regarding unclear roles and responsibilities, additional obligations and processes, and regulatory impacts. VicWater will propose a working group be…

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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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Gippsland Water seeking Community Input

Gippsland Water is reaching out to Moe customers affected by a precautionary boil water alert earlier this year to help decide how a $5,000 community donation might best be spent in their area.  The alert was issued in February following storm damage at the Moe water treatment plant.  Managing director Sarah Cumming said the decision…

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Protecting Our Waterways For Future Generations

Protecting our precious natural resources matters more than ever before. This year’s Budget will improve the health of Victoria’s rivers, creeks and wetlands, preserving these iconic locations for families to enjoy as well as ensuring water security for farmers, towns and industry. The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invests $562 million to make our rivers healthier, improving…

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Skeleton crew completes creek planting project

Melbourne Water’s Working for Victoria program team have pitched in to help a local environmental group finish a much-needed clean up along a popular Hoppers Crossing Creek. With spring the optimum time for the task – the Waterway Blitz crews have spent the past few weeks planting an abundant 4500 indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses…

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Carbon Offsets Report now available

VicWater has released water industry guidance and decision-making support tools to help the sector navigate the complexities of sourcing carbon offsets, including how carbon offsets work, risks with using carbon offsets and regulatory and procurement challenges. VicWater coordinated a cross-sector working group to ensure broad engagement in the guidance and tools, which included workshops and webinars…

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