Delivering water security for our future

The Victorian Government is securing Victoria’s future water security, making sure our precious resources meet the challenges of a drying climate and the demands of a growing population.

The Victorian Government is securing Victoria’s future water security, ensuring our precious resources meet the challenges of a drying climate and the demands of a growing population.

Minister for Water Harriet Shing visited Officer Primary School today to launch the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy. The strategy outlines a pathway to secure the region’s water future over the next 50 years.

The Victorian Government is preparing now. That way, Victoria’s communities, farmers, industries and tourism can have confidence in Victoria’s water security in the future. The Strategy will ensure access to safe drinking water and strengthen the resilience of Melbourne and Geelong’s water grid.

Shing said, “We need to meet the challenges of climate change and increased demand for water. That way, we can ensure a reliable water supply is always available for our environment and the industries, agriculture, communities and jobs that rely on it.”

Work to deliver the Strategy will include building on successful programs like the Schools Water Efficiency Program, which has helped 1,328 schools save more than 9.9 billion litres of water and cut down their water bills. This gives schools technology, specialist advice and curriculum materials to teach kids how to manage and monitor water use.

Strategic priorities around water security

The strategy prioritises future investment into recycled water and stormwater infrastructure. That will be used for non-drinking purposes like industry, agriculture and keeping our sporting fields, parks and gardens green.

This year the Government has already invested over $10 million towards new stormwater harvesting and recycled water projects as part of the Integrated Water Management Grants. It has also co-invested in the $72 million Dingley Recycled Water Scheme that will unlock 1,800 ML of recycled water each year for Melbourne’s southeast.

The strategy also includes arrangements to allocate 16 gigalitres of the 3-4 Bench water entitlement in the Latrobe Valley to deliver outcomes for Traditional Owners, the environment and irrigated agriculture.

The strategy also introduced a new daily water use target for Melbourne. It will encourage households to stick to 150 litres of water per person per day.

The Strategy was developed in partnership with Traditional Owners. It aims to increase their access to water entitlements without taking from existing entitlement holders.

To view the full strategy, visit water.vic.gov.au/sws.

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