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WATER AND
STORMWATER

Imagine a city where water is managed efficiently and effectively to: provide a secure source of clean drinking water; reduced flood risk and damage; healthy waterways; as well as support healthy local parks and environments.

Industry’s typical approach to water management has been to manage water supply, reuse and stormwater separately. Recent droughts and floods have led to a rethink of these water management practices and the adoption of a more integrated approach to the management of water resources.

Council has established integrated water and stormwater objectives and targets that will help protect and enhance waterways, help reduce impacts of stormwater, pollution and runoff, and reduce mains water consumption.

CORPORATE OBJECTIVES
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Mains Water
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TARGET
Reduce mains water use by 50%
BASELINE
394 ML (1999-2000)
PERFORMANCE
52% Reduction (2016-17)

WS - 1.1 Mains Water

Where appropriate, reduce Council’s corporate mains water consumption.

TARGET
Reduce mains water use by 50%
BASELINE
394 ML (1999-2000)
PERFORMANCE
52% Reduction (2016-17)

Council’s water costs have increased significantly over the last six years. This is a direct result of the increased water charges announced by the Victorian Government to secure Melbourne’s water supplies through large infrastructure projects such as the desalination plant

That being said Figure WS-1.1a shows that in 2016-17 Council used 187ML of mains water at a cost of $725,500 – which: 

  • Is a 56ML less than the 243ML in 2015-16
  • Is $181,000 less than the $907,000 in 2015-16

Figure WS-1.1b show that there is a direct correlation between annual rainfall and water use – i.e. years of higher rainfall have reduced irrigation requirements.

Breakdown of mains water use across Council operations in 2016-17 highlights:

  • Sports fields used 103ML – 46% less than 2015-16
  • Leisure centres used 53ML – 2% more than 2015-16
  • Other buildings used 29ML – 29% less than 2015-16
Highlights
Where appropriate, reduce Council’s corporate mains water consumption.

Installation of drought resistant grass species at all Council sports fields that reduce irrigation needs by up to 70%.

Installation of a 700KL rainwater tank in the new Noble Park Aquatic Centre (NPAC).

Installation of smart water meters to monitor water use and detect leakages, resulting in significant cost savings.

Current Actions
  • Seek funding opportunities to commence Coomoora Reserve stormwater harvesting project.
    Subject to funding (In Progress)
    Infrastructure Services & Planning + City Improvement
  • Develop a Sustainable Buildings Policy for design and construction of Council buildings.
    2016-18 (In Process)
    Planning & Design + City Improvement
  • Springvale Civic Centre to use Green Star Design and As-Built Standard.
    2016-18 (In Progress)
    Planning & Design + Infrastructure Services & Planning
  • Complete Tatterson Park Stormwater Harvesting Project.
    Subject to funding (In Progress)
    People & Procurement + Infrastructure Services & Planning
  • Implement recommendations in 2014 Integrated Water Management Background Report.
    Ongoing
    Planning & Design + Infrastructure Services & Planning
  • Monitor and report on Council’s water usage and bills.
    Ongoing
    People & Procurement + Infrastructure Services & Planning
Completed Actions
  • Design for Coomoora Reserve Stormwater Harvesting Project completed.
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Stormwater
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Alternative Water
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COMMUNITY OBJECTIVES
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Mains Water
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Stormwater
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Planning
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Awareness
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