Creating a 50 year strategy

We want to ensure Greater Melbourne's sewerage system continues to provide valued services to the community in the future as it does today!

That's why we are developing a 50 year Melbourne Sewerage Strategy. The Strategy will set the direction for waste water management in Greater Melbourne for future generations.

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The Strategy

Working together

The water industry is working together to develop a 50 year 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.

The vision

“Creating a resilient and adaptable system that supports thriving, healthy communities and a liveable, flourishing environment”

The purpose

Set the direction for Melbourne’s sewerage system

Set the direction for Melbourne’s sewerage system for future generations.

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Enable key decisions to be made that will ensure the system adapts and changes to better meet the challenges of the future.

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Aim to ensure the sewerage system continues to provide valued services to the community in the future.

The strategy will explain

  • The role of the sewerage system in a Water Sensitive City; (A City that is liveable, sustainable, productive and resilient through holistic and collaborative planning and effective water resource management);
  • The role of the Sewerage System in managing waste;
  • How policy and regulation can enable change;
  • How the sewerage system needs to adapt over the next 50 years to achieve the vision, along with how we will make decisions to do this.
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