Video: Enhancing Life and Liveability of Greater Melbourne

5 July 2020
Duration
2:58
Audio described version
Transcript

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For more than 125 years Melbourne Water has made a vital contribution to greater

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Melbourne's famous lifestyle.

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Future challenges for our city are complex.

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Long-term climate change means less predictability and an estimated

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population of 8 million by 2051 will only place a greater demand on our services.

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At Melbourne Water we don't work alone.

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We collaborate with a wide range of partners that are aligned with our values to deliver all that we do.

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Led by community expectations, we strive to continuously innovate our proven technologies,

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and improve the services we deliver to ensure maximum value while

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keeping prices as low as possible.

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We are responsible for the capture, storage and

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treatment of some of the highest quality drinking water in the world.

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Supplying it to the city's water retailers who deliver this water to homes and businesses.

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Within Melbourne Water we end up getting around 50,000 samples

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across 160 different sites.

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So we're always innovating to make sure that we've meet

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the strict water quality guidelines that were given.

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It really is some of the best and most affordable water in the world.

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Our sewage system is vital to Melbourne's health

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safely transporting the majority of Greater Melbourne sewage to our two

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treatment plants at Werribee in the West and Banghlome in the East.

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Here at our Western Treatment Plant, we treat over half of Greater Melbourne sewerage

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As part of the process we also produce recycled water which is sold to customers for

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agriculture use or your local parks and gardens.

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We also have on-site one of Australia's favorite wetlands for bird watchers which receives visitors not

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only from Australia but all over the world.

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As the floodplain manager for the Greater Melbourne region, we help to

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reduce the risk of floods through our integrated drainage and flood management services.

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Rivers, estuaries and wetlands are central to everyday life.

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Sustaining a complex ecosystem of plants, animals and people.

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We protect and improve our waterways for the benefit of the community now, and into the future.

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Many people don't realize that Melbourne Water manages 25,000 kilometers of waterways.

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Today we're collecting water samples to look for platypus DNA.

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The fact that we're even finding them in this waterway is a great indicator of waterway health.

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Through initiatives like hydroelectric and solar power generation

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capturing biogas to produce electricity and driving electric vehicles.

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We are leading the way by planning for our operations to be carbon neutral by 2030.

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In all that we do we strive to balance the natural and built environments and

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make the most of all the infrastructure and assets that we look after.

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We are helping to build a more water sensitive city.

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One where we use water more efficiently and sustainably.

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Guided by our vision of creating healthy people, healthy places and a healthy environment.

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Our passionate team of experts help make Greater Melbourne a fantastic place to live

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Melbourne Water: enhancing life and liveability.