It is essential that we manage our water resources responsibly and sustainably to keep our environment and community healthy.
Our changing climate is already impacting our community, with more frequent and extreme weather events including heat waves, flooding and drought. Sustainably and responsibly managing our water resources will play a key role in meeting current and future challenges.
That’s why we’ve developed a draft Integrated Water Management Plan. We asked you to share your feedback on the plan between Monday 14 June and Friday 24 July 2020.
We are now reviewing this feedback and will use it to finalise the plan.
Our Integrated Water Management Plan
The plan will guide our operations around water use for the next 10 years, including:
- stormwater management
- open space management
- waterway health and
- seeking alternative water sources.
It will also help us understand how climate change will impact our drainage system and guide how we prepare for this.
We developed this draft plan through work with government agencies, neighbouring councils, industry experts and community groups.
What is integrated water management?
Integrated water management considers all elements of the water cycle, including potable water, rainwater, stormwater, recycled water and groundwater.
This all-inclusive and collaborative approach to water management ensures we protect our natural environment and work towards a sustainable future.
Find out more about the plan
The overarching vision for the plan is: "A water-wise city in a healthy urban environment"
You can read a brief summary of some key points from the plan below, or:
- see an overview of the vision, objectives and actions in the plan
- read the full draft Integrated Water Management Plan
Key objectives in the draft plan
Some examples of actions under this objective are:
- Investigating, designing and building stormwater harvesting projects. This includes a project underway at Edinburgh Gardens, which once completed will store 1.2 million litres of water and supply about 80% of the park’s water.
- Improving open space irrigation systems and efficiency.
- Using water from alternative sources such as rainwater harvesting for Yarra Council buildings.
Some examples of actions under this objective include:
- Improving the effectiveness of our drainage and stormwater assets through drainage upgrades and maintenance.
- Improve quality of stormwater runoff into waterways through water-sensitive urban design.
- Understand and mitigate the impacts of flooding by carrying out flood modelling and using the findings to develop a list of priority projects.
3. An informed and responsible community benefiting from and enjoying a vibrant sustainable landscape
Some examples of actions under these objectives include:
- Ensure residents continue to have access to healthy green space.
- Trial passive irrigation for newly planted trees, which uses rainfall rather than potable water. This will help assist the growth of more trees in Yarra and help combat urban heat.
- Share knowledge and collaborate with partner organisations to achieve best possible outcomes for the Yarra community.