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 will soon complete construction of a new solar farm in close proximity to the Winneke Water Treatment Plant in Christmas Hills. 

Aerial image of Sugarloaf Reservoir and the Winneke Water Treatment Plant
The Winneke Water Treatment Plant is located near the Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills

Here at Melbourne Water, we are committed to reducing our net carbon emissions to 50% of baseline levels by 2025 and reaching net zero emissions by 2030. Establishing the  onsite solar farm to help power the Winneke Water Treatment Plant is a practical way to cut our greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

What’s happening and when

The solar farm is located close to the Winneke Water Treatment Plant and generates renewable electricity to help meet the plant's power needs. 

Another solar farm, designed to help power the Eastern Treatment Plant in Carrum Downs has recently been approved, and construction commenced earlier this year. The contract for both projects has been awarded to Beon Energy Solutions. 

The solar farm at Christmas Hills, and the farm currently being constructed at Carrum Downs, are initiatives to help meet our ambitious emissions reduction goal, alongside other projects including hydro and biogas power stations and transitioning our car fleet to zero-emissions vehicles. 

Location map of proposed solar farm at Christmas Hills

More information

Melbourne Water will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Find out what else we're doing to reduce our environmental impact as we move towards net zero carbon emissions.

For more information about Beon’s procurement methods visit the ICN Gateway.




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Last updated:
9 August 2022