Is the Melbourne water infrastructure example for Sao Paulo?

Melbourne water management

The West Werribee project will provide high quality recycled water to 20,000 homes when complete in 2014

A record $182.2 million has been invested by City West Water in vital water infrastructure in theMelbourne (Australia) in the 2012-13 financial year. 

Total water purchased for the year was 103.2 billion litres, with average residential consumption per customer remaining relatively low at 157 litres of water per person. Is Melbourne an example for Sao Paulo Brazil?

Each year City West Water supplies around 100 billion litres of drinking water to customers and transfers approximately 94 per cent of sewage and trade waste collected to Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant in Werribee. The remaining six per cent is treated at City West Water’s Altona Treatment Plant.

  • The West Werribee project will provide high quality recycled water to 20,000 homes when complete in 2014.
  • The Arrow Program is a business wide transformation program that will upgrade City West Water’s IT platform and enable the organisation to extract significant efficiencies from its cost of providing services.

Metropolitan water retailers are required to prepare a Drought Response Plan with four levels of water restrictions that control the use of drinking water outdoors. Permanent water saving rules remain in place for metropolitan Melbourne as at 30 June 2014.

In accordance with its Drought Response Plan, City West Water is required each year to collaborate with South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water to publish an annual Water Outlook.

The Water Outlook is a report that is prepared and published by 1 December each year. It is an adaptive management tool which is used by the metropolitan water utilities to:

  • monitor the dynamic balance of supply and demand each year;
  • guide the implementation of actions identified previously by long term strategic planning exercises to influence the observed and potential future balance of supply and demand; and
  • regularly provide information regarding the balance of supply and demand, and any actions being undertaken by the water utilities.

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