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’re planning to release environmental water into several billabongs on the Lower Yarra floodplain from September to November, to support their plants and animals.

Water reserved for the environment is used to maintain waterway health by mimicking the pattern of natural flows. This release will support the wetlands’ vegetation communities and provide habitat for frogs, bugs and eels.

What the releases involve

Water will be released from the main branch of the Yarra River, or from alternative sources – like harvested and treated stormwater – where available.

In 2020/21, water for the environment is proposed to be delivered to the following billabongs:

  • Yering Backswamp, Yering
  • Annulus Billabong, Yarra Flats Park - Heidelberg

The billabongs that receive water change every year, depending on their individual wetting and drying cycles. Each will receive approximately 30–90 megalitres (30–90 million litres) of water on average, with the amount varying slightly between billabongs.

More information

To learn more about why this work is important and other ways we’re managing this precious resource, visit our water for the environment webpage.

Last updated:
14 September 2020