Join us for an informative evening discussing the ‘Water for Life’, Greater Melbourne Urban Water and System Strategy being developed collaboratively by Greater Western Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water. You will have the opportunity to hear from the team developing the strategy and then ask any questions regarding the development process, or how you can prepare for any changes to come during implementation.
Thursday 9 December 2021
$35 YWP Members
$25 Students (current student pass required)
Venue to be confirmed pending Government covid restrictions closer to the time.
This event is intended to be a face to face event live streamed for a virtual audience, providing a technical discussion and networking opportunities
Stay tuned for more details on the format of the event
Purpose of the water for life strategy
To genuinely consid all feasible options - a future relying mainly on river inflows to catchment storages alone will not work. We must take this opportunity to enable long-term water security by looking at new ways to ease pressure on both demand for and supply of our water.
To find new solutions, we need to embrace new ways of thinking, while making the most of our valuable water planning legacy. We also need to place greater emphasis on acknowledging and understanding the cultural, economic and environmental values of water use, including those of Traditional Owners.
By 2022, the Greater Melbourne area water corporations (Greater Western Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water) are due to revise existing urban water strategies and water supply system strategy for Melbourne. This is required every five years to ensure water plans are regularly reviewed and built on the best knowledge.
The four metros agreed to work on a joint strategy - the Greater Melbourne Urban Water and System Strategy, in partnership with surrounding regional water corporations.
The revision of these key strategies provides an important opportunity to collectively identify what we need to do to secure our water supplies for the next 50 years, including specific actions for the next five years. It’s also an opportunity to engage with the community on our options for the future.
They will work closely with customers, Traditional Owners, key stakeholders and the broader community, to build a genuine, shared understanding of:
- current and future water challenges which need to be addressed,
- a broad range of options to assist in responding to these challenges,
- a clear understanding of what will trigger specific actions and
- key criteria against which to assess all options for the future.