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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Victorian Government Procurement Reforms

On November 25, VicWater hosted a forum on the Victorian Government Procurement Reforms. VicWater contacted DTF to request this forum following the correspondence from the Chair of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board to all water corporation MDs in October. As part of the reforms, all water corporations will be required to adopt 24 mandatory State…

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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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VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance guide review

VicWater presented an updated draft Guideline for Unexplained High Usage and Undetected Leak Enquiries at the IWA Customer Services SIG on 30 July and circulated a copy of the draft to water corporations and stakeholders. The updated draft has been developed by a working group, chaired by Kerrie Clark (YVW) with representatives from water corporations,…

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Construction Procurement

On 31 July, VicWater hosted interviews with law firms bidding to draft a whole of water industry construction contract. The water industry is embarking on a process to draft a common construction contract to comply with the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Directions for Public Construction Procurement. VicWater is coordinating a reference group, chaired by Adam Cunningham (Barwon Water)…

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Submission to the Productivity Commission – Water Reform 2020

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper on national water reform. A copy of the issues paper is available at https://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/current/water-reform-2020/issues VicWater met with Commissioner Jane Doolan (also a Western Water Board Director) during February to discuss water reform priorities, opportunities for the issues paper and a renewed National Water Initiative. Submissions are due…

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Carbon offsets webinar

VicWater will host a webinar on 19 August, focusing on the use of carbon offsets in the water sector. The webinar will communicate outcomes of the recent Melbourne Water and VicWater carbon offsets project and address issues such as: how carbon offsets work, risks with using carbon offsets and regulatory and procurement challenges. For more…

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Emerging contaminants in recycled water and discharges

EPA has signed a funding agreement with DELWP to conduct field sampling for emerging contaminants in recycled water and discharges. VicWater provided input on the funding agreement and as a result, the field sampling will be targeted to align with, and build upon the results of the 2019 VicWater emerging contaminant desktop risk assessment. For…

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