The water industry of Melbourne is in an interesting one having been through the Millennium Drought, a 15-year-long dry period in the southern regions of Australia.
As a result of using the momentum of the drought, Melbourne is doing great on governance capacities in the field of water scarcity. In the waste water treatment sector there are many both industry and customer driven developments and actors feel that they can freely explore new ideas. There is an increasing awareness of Urban Heat Islands including innovative solutions, although it is not enormously built in the planning yet. Solid waste treatment is becoming more and more integrated into water management. There is an increasing coordination between the two fields. Stormwater management, and therefore flood risk, is probably the most wicked challenge in Melbourne. The issue of urban flooding is becoming more and more serious as the population of the city is projected to be doubled by 2050. Most of the growth is occurring in already urbanized areas resulting in even higher density and even higher ratio of paved areas. Adequate land use planning is going to be a key issue in the near future.
Partners: Melbourne Water, Clearwater, South East Water, City West Water, Yarra Valley Water, EPA Victoria, Department of Environment Land Water and Planning, City of Melbourne, Monash University, Council Manningham, Essential Services Commission, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, WM Waste Management Services