Victorian Government works with Traditional Owners on Sustainable Water Strategy

  For the first time, the Victorian Government have partnered with Traditional Owners when formulating the draft plan for the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy. The plan aims to secure Victoria’s water future, meet the challenges of a warmer and drier climate, and meet the demands of population growth. The plan includes a…

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Implementation of EPA Revised Guideline for Water Recycling status update

Consultants have been appointed to deliver the guidance material, and a supporting Working Group, which has both central agency (DEWLP, DH, Ag Vic) and water corporation representation, has been formed. The form and content of a series of stakeholder workshops to support the development of each guidance document is being shaped up, with the expectation…

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New board appointments announced

VicWater would like to extend our congratulations to new and returning water sector board members. For the first time Victoria’s history, Minister Lisa Neville announced that the first ever Aboriginal Chair has been appointed. Rueben Berg, a Gunditjmara man, will take up the appointment of Chair at Westernport Water. There are 54 new and 65…

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Deputy Secretary, DELWP announces new board for Greater Western Water

Statement from Deputy Secretary, Water and Catchments –  Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning The Acting Minister for Water has appointed a new board of directors to Greater Western Water, ahead of operations commencing on 1 July 2021. This follows the Minister for Water’s 29 October 2020 announcement that Greater Western Water will be…

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Are you interested in becoming a Victorian board member?

Expressions of Interest for board roles within the Victorian water sector are closing 8 March 2021 and there are approximately 80 positions available in 2021. If you’re considering taking on a board role, a position in the water sector may be exactly what you are looking for. Here are a few things to consider if…

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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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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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Review of the Recycled Water Guidelines

The public consultation phase of the Review of the Recycled Water Guidelines has recently concluded. This marks a major milestone in the review which was instigated by the water industry in 2018, with an emphasis on reducing red tape associated with recycled water scheme approvals and operations. In late October, VicWater hosted two virtual ‘drop…

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Submission: Proposed Buffer Area Overlay

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne Victoria 3002  Via email [email protected]  Re: Proposed Buffer Area Overlay  Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the proposed Buffer Area Overlay (BAO) as part of the review into planning for amenity, health and safety buffers. VicWater is the peak body of…

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