Archive for April 2020

Reform Priorities

VicWater met with the Productivity Commission (PC) 25 March 2020 to discuss reform priorities as part of a revised National Water Initiative (NWI). The PC has taken on responsibility, from the now defunct National Water Commission, to progress the NWI. The PC’s priority for the revised NWI is to promote greater policy clarity in areas…

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Vision Super’s response to COVID-19

Even during this time of uncertainty, one thing remains the same: Vision Super is committed to providing support to our members and employers. Although we’ve had to make changes to how we service our members (the Vision Super office is closed and we can’t provide face-to-face support, like seminars) we continue to help our members…

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Onsite waste water systems and sewer connection powers

In February 2020 VicWater circulated a proposed water industry position on policy options to augment powers to connect properties to sewer services were circulated to water corporations. The DELWP ‘Onsite Domestic Wastewater Management Steering Committee’ developed these policy options in response to a VAGO Performance Audit in 2018.

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Recreational access to potable water storages

VicWater met with DELWP and the GHD project team 27 March for a progress meeting of the project to develop a state-wide inventory of water storages, and identify cost and timing implications of providing recreational access at currently closed storages, on a transparent per-storage basis.

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High Usage and Leakage Allowance

VicWater has appointed Paul Pretto to assist the review and redrafting of the VicWater High Usage and Leakage Allowance (HULA) Guideline. Paul Pretto, VicWater and YVW Chair of the HULA Working Group met with the Energy and Water Ombudsman and representatives from the Essential Services Commission March 24 to gain their preliminary input in the…

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Carbon offsets

An online workshop will be held 24 April for the Carbon Offsets for Victorian Water Corporations Working Group. The purpose of the workshop is to provide broader water industry input on a set of principles and priorities for carbon offset sourcing and procurement. Melbourne Water has appointed Michael Wheelahan to coordinate the workshop and document…

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EPA license review and transition

VicWater has commenced discussions with the EPA regarding the review of all licence conditions as part of transition to the new Environment Protection Act. New licence conditions will include updated standard conditions for Risk Management and Monitoring Programs, changed licence limits to align with the General Environmental Duty (licences will have a maximum allowable limit…

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2021 Water Industry Asset Revaluation

VicWater is coordinating an expert consultancy to update the 2015 asset valuation methodology and guidance in preparation for the 2021 valuation. The cost of this paid project will be shared among rural and regional urban water corporations. The consultancy will be overseen by the Asset Valuation Working group which was formed by Finance Issues Steering…

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Review of the recycled water guidelines – red tape reduction

VicWater hosted an online briefing on the revised recycled water guidelines on 30 March. The briefing pre-empts the public consultation phase of the review, which will occur in the coming months. VicWater will coordinate a water industry submission during the public consultation period. VicWater and Yarra Valley Water played a significant role in the instigation…

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VicWater COVID-19 safety measures

VicWater is taking action to protect the wellbeing of our staff and members
We have now moved to a virtual office environment