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.

Melbourne Water System Strategy

The Melbourne Water System Strategy describes the challenges we face and actions we will take to meet the needs of our customers and the community over the next 50 years.

Cover of the Melbourne Water System Strategy

The purpose

The Melbourne Water System Strategy presents a system view of water resource management across Melbourne and the surrounding region over the next 50 years.

It addresses the requirements of the Statement of Obligations issued by the Minister of Water, and the associated Guidelines for the Development of Urban Water Strategies and the Melbourne Water System Strategy prepared by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Tackling the challenges 

We face a number of challenges as we look toward 2065; namely: 

  • our growing and changing region 
  • our changing and variable climate.

This strategy explores these challenges, and outlines an adaptive portfolio approach to meeting these challenges:

  • making the most of the water supply system
  • using water efficiently
  • using diverse sources of water
  • optimising the water grid and market.

This will ensure the Melbourne water system continues to support a prosperous and liveable city.

Download it now

Want to know more? Download the Melbourne Water System Strategy now:


How we're working collaboratively

In addition, read Water for a Future-Thriving Melbourne for an overview of how Melbourne's metropolitan water industry is working together to secure water supplies for the next 50 years:


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How the water sector is taking action

Read how we're working to secure our water supply: now and into the future.

How the water sector is taking action




Last updated:
3 July 2020