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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.

Easements and reserves 1.4

The use of easements and reserves to protect our assets will be influenced by the type of asset, long term statutory responsibilities, implied rights and required control over use of the land.

We generally own land only when it's a necessity in order to protect its rights and interests.

The use of easements and reserves are dependent on:

  • implied right of use
  • environmental issues
  • maintenance requirements
  • public safety
  • co-location

Each subdivision will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

A reserve in favour of us may be required for:

  1. one of our waterways if there's no public open space uses
  2. a floodway or major overland flow path if there's no public open space uses
  3. water quality treatment assets and retarding basins to be managed by us unless otherwise negotiated

An easement in favour of us may generally be required for:

  1. one of our underground pipelines passing through a property
  2. a floodplain to ensure development within the floodplain is controlled
  3. overland flow paths through properties
  4. maintenance access requirements
  5. future construction and upgrade of drains whereby we may require drains be offset to one side of an easement with a minimum offset of 1.5 metres

The creation of easements and reserves generally occurs as a part of the subdivisional process, whereby we'll request an easement or reserve prior to consent from council for certification of the Plans of Subdivision.

Last updated:
6 November 2017