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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
187ML by 2020 | 50% reduction
BASELINE
394 ML (1999-2000)
PERFORMANCE
232 ML (2017-18)

WS - 1.1 Mains Water

Reduce Council’s corporate mains water consumption.

TARGET
187ML by 2020 | 50% reduction
BASELINE
394 ML (1999-2000)
PERFORMANCE
232 ML (2017-18)

In the 2017/18 financial year, Council used 232 ML (megalitres) of mains water at a cost of $857,000. This was a 40 ML increase in water use by Council at an additional cost of $111,000, when compared to the 192 ML used in 2016/17 at a cost of $746,000.

Figure WS-1.1a Cost and water consumption highlights the amount of mains water used by Council per year for the last 10 years.

Figure WS-1.1b Rainfall and water consumption highlights the direct correlation between rainfall and water use by Council over the same period. This is mainly due to the irrigation of sports playing fields.

The areas of Council that use the majority of main water include

  • Sports fields 129ML used at a cost of $438,000
  • Leisure centres 63ML used at a cost of $238,000
  • Other buildings 40ML used at a cost of $181,000

Highlights
Reduce Council’s corporate mains water consumption.

Carpark and pavilion stage of Tatterson Park Stormwater Harvesting Project completed in 2017/18.

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
  • Installation of smart water sub-metering on Sports Playing Field and Pavilions.
    In Progress
    Responsibility – City Improvement + Infrastructure Services & Planning
  • Seek funding opportunities to commence Coomoora Reserve stormwater harvesting project.
    Subject to funding (In Progress)
    Infrastructure Services & Planning + City Improvement
  • Help DELWP complete the Integrated Water Management Plan for the Dandenong Creek Catchment.
    In Progress
    Infrast. Services Planning + Planning & Design
  • Springvale Civic Precinct designed to meet best practice WSUD and IWM requirements.
    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 the Sustainable Buildings Policy for design and construction of Council buildings.
    2016-18 (Ongoing)
    Planning & Design + City Improvement
  • 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
  • Council adopted its Sustainable Buildings Policy that includes best practice water requirements.
  • 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
WS - 2.1
Mains Water
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Stormwater
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Planning
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Awareness
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