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.

Two health and safety awards in the pipeline

Melbourne Water has for a second year in a row been announced a finalist in Victoria’s premier occupational health and safety WorkSafe Awards.

Last year the business received the award for ‘Best solution to a specific workplace Health & Safety issue’ for its work with bespoke virtual reality programs in identifying hazards early in asset design.

The business is this year a finalist in two award categories for ‘Best OHS Achievement’ and ‘Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue.’

They recognise Melbourne Water’s implementation of innovative, coordinated safety approaches to working with all construction partners and the installation of recessed, anti-slip road plates to reduce the risk of incident around construction works.

In what is the 30th edition of the Awards, the theme - ‘Play your Part: Celebrating 30 Years of What Matters Most’ - was a reminder that workplace safety is everyone’s concern.

David Tregoweth, General Manager of Safety at Melbourne Water said every person could make a contribution to health and safety.

“We take the safety of our people very seriously which is why we continue to look for ways to promote a collaborative approach to safety,” he said. “For us, safety is about prevention. Being prevention-led can stop incidents and injuries from occurring in the first place which is ultimately our real goal.”

Melbourne Water has a significant program of capital infrastructure works which support its delivery of water and sewerage services to Melbourne.

“Our operational teams and contractors oversee major infrastructure projects every day of the week so it’s critical that we are all on the same page when it comes to safety, no matter where the work is taking place,” Mr Tregoweth said.

“We are very excited to be recognised for a second year running and congratulate all the finalists.”