Support my community, protect our environment

Support my community, protect our environment

You seek reassurance about future water supply and have confidence in our ability to help shape a more sustainable Melbourne.

  • Reduce our carbon emissions
  • Minimise sewage spills to the environment
  • Create a water efficient community

What we do now

  • Minimise our significant sewage spills to the environment to approximately 20 each year.
  • Fishermans Bend – designing a strong integrated water system to deliver recycled water to Australia’s biggest urban renewal site which will house 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people.
  • Peninsula ECO project – installing a new sewer system along the southern Mornington Peninsula, which is replacing septic tank systems and treatment plants on about 16,500 properties.
  • Aquarevo – working with Villawood Properties to create a residential development in Lyndhurst with homes plumbed with three types of water: drinking, recycled and rainwater.
  • Target 155 – a voluntary water efficiency program encouraging you to use water responsibly and to aim for 155 litres per person per day.
  • Education South East Water website – provides a range of free water resources and activities for teachers and students.

What we’re planning to do

  • Become carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 29 per cent by the end of the next regulatory period by:
    • implementing solar at a number of water recycling plants
    • identifying new efficiency opportunities within our existing operations.
  • Implement a program of enhanced sewer monitoring to look at ways to stop sewer spills.
  • Monitor the level of significant spills to the environment.
  • If we cause a dry weather spill in our area and it results in a beach closure we will donate up to $10,000 to a community group affected.
  • Explore projects that have rainwater capture into their design to relieve pressure on drinking water supplies.
  • Educate you about water efficiency to help support a balance approach to managing our water resources.
  • Increase the level of drinking water substitution for those of you already connected to the recycled water network.
  • Explore opportunities to increase the supply of recycled water to agricultural customers.

More information

We’re proud to say that we’ve made a head start with some of these actions. You can read more about these in our 'Summary – 2018 Price Submission’.

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