help transform Victorian cities and towns into the most resilient and liveable
in the world. We will include all elements of the urban water cycle in the way
we plan and manage water so that Victorian communities can continue to thrive
in all climates.
- Use diverse water sources to
protect public spaces
- Better urban water planning
to address key challenges
- Reinvigorate water
efficiency programs for Melbourne and regional Victoria
- Make the most of our
investment in wastewater
- Improve stormwater
management for greener environments and healthier waterways
- Better align land use and
water management for healthy and resilient urban landscapes
- Represent community values
and local opportunities in planning
- Put integrated water
management into practice
Victoria sets out how to better integrate the state's water management so that our urban centres remain resilient and liveable.
Cities and towns depend on water for drinking, for sewerage services and for cool, green open spaces. The Millennium Drought highlighted the limits of water availability in urban areas, with many communities unable to enjoy their local lake, parks and gardens or use their sports grounds.
The predicted increase in extreme weather events and stormwater flows that come with climate change will also degrade urban waterways unless we improve our stormwater management. Less rainfall in future combined with fast-growing urban populations will place more pressure on Victoria's water services.
We need to start planning now to make sure we can meet future demand.
We will improve the way we design our suburbs, including the way we manage stormwater. This starts with better aligning water and land use planning. Government investment decisions will consider non-market benefits such as flood mitigation, urban cooling and a healthy environment.
Parks, gardens and open spaces will be prioritised to keep them usable even during drought.
Government agencies and water corporations will work more closely with communities to incorporate local values and to take advantage of opportunities when planning and managing urban water supplies. We will consider diverse water sources to reduce pressure on drinking water supplies and increase urban
water security so that we actively prepare for drought and don't just respond to it.
Every individual helps save water
Victorians dramatically reduced their water consumption during the Millennium drought. The individual effort of everyone likely saved Melbourne from running out of water.
To build on our culture of water efficiency and continue to educate the community about this precious resource, the Victorian Government is launching two programs in 2016-17:
- In Melbourne, the next generation of the Target 155 program will launch this summer setting Melburnians the challenge of keeping their water below 155 litres a day.
- In regional urban areas, the Target Your Water Use program will aim for the same goal while recognising that in some regions, Victorians must use more than 155 litres per day to keep their towns and cities liveable.