Sunbury's projected population growth, paired with a changing climate, poses challenges to how water will be managed in the future in Sunbury and the surrounding area.

In 2019, a community reference panel from Sunbury told us which water management options the community would like us to explore to meet these challenges.

The survey asked the community what’s most important to you in safeguarding our future water resources for Sunbury and surrounds.

Thank you for submitting your feedback

You might not feel like a water expert, but the values and priorities you shared are central to getting this right. Survey closed 26 November.

Types of water - what's the difference?

Our water cycle is complex but knowing terms will help you better explore Sunbury's Water Future
  • What is stormwater?

    Rainfall that runs off roofs, roads and other hard surfaces into gutters, drains, creeks and rivers, and eventually into the sea is called ‘stormwater’.

    In new growth areas, wetlands and basins are constructed to help filter stormwater.

  • What is wastewater?

    Water that’s been used in the home, in a business or an industrial process is called ‘wastewater’. It’s captured in different pipes to stormwater.

    For the Sunbury region, wastewater is transported to the Sunbury Recycled Water Plant.

  • What is recycled water?

    When wastewater goes through a treatment process, it becomes ‘recycled water’ that can be reused for other purposes.

    Recycled water can have different levels of treatment depending on what it is to be reused for. Recycled water is also released to waterways.

How have community contributed so far?

Engagement for Sunbury’s Water Future began in 2018 and will continue until 2024 when the plan is delivered.