Melbourne’s drainage system


Rain, storms, and floods are a natural part of life in Melbourne. As our city continues to grow, there is increased pressure on existing infrastructures such as drains and waterways.    

We face more challenges than ever in ensuring that rainfall is safely carried away from built-up areas into rivers and creeks.  

That's why at Melbourne Water we manage a complex drainage system, which includes retarding basins and wetlands, to plan for the impacts of stormwater on our iconic rivers, creeks, and bays. 

Let’s make litter extinct 

As Melbourne grows, so does our litter problem. No one likes seeing litter washed into stormwater drains ultimately polluting our rivers, creeks and iconic bays. Together, let's make litter extinct and help protect our environment for today, tomorrow and generations to come.