Know the issues
Read some of the key issues integral to enhancing life and liveability for Melburnians: from desal to greening our city, indigenous awareness to sewerage.
Learn how the Victorian Desalination Plant provides a reliable source of water now and into the future.
Why Melbourne's water tastes great from the tap
Melbourne has some of the highest-quality drinking water in the world. Learn how it makes its long journey to your tap.
Why we're giving Melbourne shade
The Urban Cooling Program promotes the shading, cooling and greening of public places across Melbourne to make them enjoyable for more days of the year.
Towards net zero carbon emissions
How we're reducing our greenhouse gas impacts to address the challenges of climate change, helping protect the environment and preserve Melbourne’s liveability for future generations.
Meet our essential workers
Get to know our essential workers, who are continuing to provide safe drinking water and help protect the health and environment for Melburnians. Find out about the work they're doing behind the scenes.
Meet our essential workers: Skye Boyd-Gerny
We chat to Natural Resource Management crew member Skye to learn about the essential work she and her colleagues are doing to protect the environment, and how they're dealing with changed work practices.
Meet our essential workers: Tim Rodman
We chat to water supply operator Tim to learn about the essential work he and his colleagues are doing to ensure reliable water, sewerage and drainage services, and how they're dealing with changed work practices.
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#OnThisDay in 1892, Lord Hopetoun turned the first sod of the trench for the Main Outfall Sewer along the Werribee River - marking the commencement of constructing Melbourne’s sewerage system. At that time, 'Smellbourne' was one of the wealthiest cities in the world due to the gold rush but was in the grips of a health crisis due to the city’s unhygienic waste disposal practices. Concerned about the spread of disease the authorities carried out a Royal Commission in 1888 and a solution was found in the construction of a sewerage system – a system of pipes, sewers and drains built underground to carry sewage from homes and factories to a sewage treatment farm. The system was built during the depression of the 1890s, a challenge for MMBW but it remained ‘undeturd’ in the quest to build the much-needed system! Construction also provided employment for thousands of men and women who would otherwise have been unemployed due to the collapse of many industries. Modern and efficient sewage treatment is something that most Melbournians take for granted so next time you flush take a moment to think about our marvellous sewerage system and remember, only flush the 3Ps - pee, poo and toilet paper. #RespectTheThrone