Securing our water supply

18 March 2019
Audio described version


Transcript of an animation describing the state of Melbourne’s water storages and the importance of water security.
Animation is 2 minutes and 23 seconds in total. 

FINAL recorded version 

Securing our water supply – Animated Infographic script 

Vision: We see rain drops falling in the sky, and we begin to follow a single drop.

0:00:01 – 0:00:05 Voice over: Reliable water supply is essential to life, health and prosperity.

As the raindrop falls it passes icons as it travels towards the ground.

Graphic: Human health & well-being icon, Community well-being icon, Liveability icon, Thriving environment icon, Economic prosperity icon.

0:00:06 – 0:00:15 Voice over: It’s been crucial for Melbourne’s growth and status as one of the world’s most liveable cities, which is why securing our water supply is so important to our future.

Vision: Raindrop lands in Melbourne city. You can see Fed Square and other recognisable buildings so it’s clear we are in Melbourne.

0:00:16 – 0:00:24 Voice over: We learnt during the Millennium Drought how quickly water storage levels can decline. 20% in a single year and as much as 30% in a year and a half. 

Vision: Sun in the sky, dry cracked ground - Image should look like a drought. Maybe there is a sign in the ground to help it read ‘Millennium Drought’.

We transition to a dam, and we see the water levels decline to a low level.
Graphic: Declines of 20% in a single year, graphics sit on a calendar. 

0:00:25 – 0:00:35 Voice over:  So we operate our water system to provide a buffer of water in our storages against the next drought and also to help manage natural disasters like bushfires.

Vision: We see the water levels of the dam rise up again.

0:00:36 – 0:00:46 Voice over:  Today, Melbourne’s water storages are at the lowest they have been since 2011 - just after the Millennium drought – and have declined 20% in the last 6 years.

Vision: Show in a graph from 2013 and include numbers – 2013 (80.7%) to 2019 (61.8%)
Number Graphic: 20% in the last 6 years.
Graphic: Losing 68 billion litres per year 

0:00:47 0:00:51 Voice over: Even though Melburnians are water wise and are good at conserving water

Vision: Vision: Show the person filling up glass of water
Number Graphic: 245L per person, per day in 2001 drops to 161L per person, per day in 2018

0:00:52 0:00:56 Voice over: …there are now more of us than ever before putting greater demand on our precious water resources.

Vision: Show the person filling up glass of water, multiplying 
Number Graphic: 1.4 Million more people since 2011.
Number Graphic: Annual demand up by 10.7% over the last 5 years.

0:00:57 0:00:59 Voice over: At a time when water entering our storages has been decreasing….

Graphic: Streamflow: 36% BELOW HISTORIC AVERAGE

0:01:00 0:01:06 Voice over: … and winter and spring, which we rely on to fill our storages, are becoming drier and rainfall less reliable.

Vision: Show a cloud raining onto a calendar.
Graphic: Filling season now shorter by a month each year. 

0:01:07 0:01:11 Voice over: Greater Melbourne is using more water than our rainfall is providing.

Vision: Show it raining, while the dam where the level is decreasing and more water
is leaving the dam.
Graphic: Streamflow into major catchments 395 billion litres and total demand 450 billion litres 

0:01:12 – 0:01:16 Voice over: So we must act now to ensure Melbourne’s water supply remains secure. 

Vision: Show the dam now full 

0:01:17 – 0:01:20 Voice over: The good news is we learned a lot during the Millennium Drought.

Graphic: ‘In Action’ transition to ‘Take Action’

0:01:21 – 0:01:26 Voice over: We know we cannot build more dams because less rainfall, means less water to fill them. 

Graphic: Dams pop up on screen, with no rain. Cross graphic.

0:01:27 – 0:01:35 Voice over: And we know that severe restrictions take a great toll and have a lasting impact; slowing our economy and reducing our quality of life.

Vision: Show sad faces, sports fields disappearing, rivers disappearing, houses cracking.

0:01:36 – 0:01:41 Voice over: So your water corporations are already working hard to extend the use of recycled water…

Vision: Recycled water being pumped onto farms, irrigation equipment, toilets etc (NB. Cannot be drinking water!)

0:01:42 – 0:01:43 Voice over: … to harvest more stormwater…

Vision: Rainwater tank and small pond with plants around it next to housing (with a duck on it???)

0:01:43 – 0:01:49 Voice over: … and are partnering with the State Government and councils to plan for a more sustainable water sensitive city.

Vision: Business men standing in city holding plans. 

0:01:49 – 0:01:57 Voice over: We must also use our desalination plant to help rebuild and maintain our buffer of water in storages against the next drought. 

But because our desalination plant can only supply one third of our annual need, we must use it early and regularly, to help meet our water demand and restore storage levels.

Graphic: Total demand 450 billion litres per year. Desalination 150 billion litres per year. 

0:02:10 – 0:02:13 Voice over: And, of course, we should continue our great water-saving habits. 

0:02:14 – 0:02:22 If we all reduce water use by just two-thirds of a bucket per day, we can hit our target of 155 litres per person per day.

Vision: Show various water saving measures. ie : Less time in the shower. Turn the tap
off when brushing teeth.

0:02:22 – 0:02:29 Voice over: We can all continue to enjoy Melbourne’s famous lifestyle with enough water for this and future generations. 

Vision: Show the drop with the lock on it. 

Endframe and logo.