Video: The Waterways and Drainage Charge

Take a look at how property owners like you are helping us to deliver much-needed services from the Yarra Ranges to Mornington Peninsula and from Tarago to Ballan.

13 October 2020
Audio described version

Hey Melbourne, ever wondered “What’s the Waterways and Drainage Charge?”

The retailers collect the Waterways and Drainage Charge on our behalf… and more than 2 million property owners pay the charge each year.

We invest the funds to enhance life and liveability across Greater Melbourne and the surrounding region.

The charge supports…

[On-screen text: Healthy waterways: 22%]

Looking after local rivers and creeks to support biodiversity.

[On-screen text: Stormwater quality: 9%]

Managing stormwater to protect waterways and bays.

[On-screen text: Flow and water access: 1%]

Managing major water resources on behalf of the community.

[On-screen text: Emergency response: 2%]

Responding to emergencies such as flooding and pollution spills.

[On-screen text: Flood and drainage services: 24%]

Building community resilience to flooding.

[On-screen text: Planning for new land developments: 42%]

And ensuring flood prevention and water quality standards of new developments.

So, thank you for helping to make Melbourne a great place to live!

To find out more, visit our website:

[Melbourne Water logo: Enhancing Live and Liveability]