Human health and wellbeing
The evolution of Melbourne’s sewerage system enhances human health and wellbeing, now and in the future.
That's why we have developed a 50 year Melbourne Sewerage Strategy. The Strategy sets the direction for waste water management in Greater Melbourne for future generations.
The water industry collaboratively developed the 50-year Melbourne Sewerage Strategy. City West Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water are Melbourne’s metropolitan water retailers. They collect sewerage, most of which is transferred to Melbourne Water for treatment at their treatment plants. Western Water collect and treat sewerage to the west of Melbourne outside of the metropolitan boundary.
We will continue to work together to manage the sewerage system to ensure it continues to protect public health and the environment while ensuring customer value and affordabiltiy, and that it is positioned to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Melbourne’s sewerage system has the potential to deliver enhanced value through contributing to our city’s liveability. To do this, our Vision for Melbourne’s sewerage system is:
A resilient and adaptable system that supports thriving, healthy communities and a liveable, flourishing environment.
The evolution of Melbourne’s sewerage system enhances human health and wellbeing, now and in the future.
Melbourne’s sewerage system leads the world in protecting and enhancing natural assets including waterways, green spaces, biodiversity and marine environments.
Melbourne will be recognised as a world leader in advancing the circular economy through our commitment to beneficially using 100% of our water and resources while ensuring affordability for current and future generations of Melburnians.
Our customers and community understand and care about the role the sewerage system plays in Melbourne’s liveability. This fosters shared stewardship and informs the services we provide.
Our collaborative policy, pricing, and regulatory environment fosters an adaptive, scalable, agile and innovative system that enables us to equitably meet Melbourne’s needs for the next 50 years and beyond.
Set the direction for Melbourne’s sewerage system for future generations.
Enable key decisions to be made that will ensure the system adapts and changes to better meet the challenges of the future.
Aim to ensure the sewerage system continues to provide valued services to the community in the future.
The 2018 Sewerage Strategy:
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