Environment

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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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VicWater is preparing a submission on the Draft guidance on the Emissions Reduction Fund’s regulatory additionality requirement.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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