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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

We gather research data at Boags Rocks, where Class A recycled water is discharged into the ocean from the Eastern Treatment Plant in accordance with standards set by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria.

Did you know? Class A is the highest grade of recycled water in Victoria with more than 99.999% of pathogens removed. It can be used for a range of non-drinking purposes, helping to save water in an uncertain climate.

Yellow buoy floating in the ocean at Boags Rocks
Research buoy at Boags Rocks.

A research buoy is stationed at the recycled water outfall zone, and monitors:

  • ocean current
  • wind speed
  • temperature
  • salinity.

The buoy is fitted with an automatic identification system, GPS monitoring device and a flashing light at night to help vessels safely navigate around the zone.

This world-class technology helps researchers better understand and plan how to manage recycled water while maintaining the biodiversity of our marine environment.

Last updated:
21 October 2022