History and heritage

Melbourne Water has played a significant role in Melbourne’s development, from creating our underground sewerage system in the 1890s to completing Thomson Reservoir, Melbourne’s largest water supply reservoir in 1984.

Cocoroc township at Western Treatment Plant site

Today, we are responsible for a rich and diverse portfolio of heritage assets which we inherited largely from our predecessor, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works.  Many of these assets were built in the formative years of Melbourne’s settlement.

But our commitment to preserving heritage goes beyond built structures. It extends to respecting the cultural heritage places of the Traditional Owners of the land, rivers and creeks that we care for today, and that we are ever-mindful of the importance they have for our indigenous communities.

Acknowledgement of country

We proudly acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and waterways in which we work and live, and pay respect to their Elders past and present and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in Victoria.


Last updated:
31 July 2019