March 2012

City West Water Environmental Sustainability Plan

9.03.2012 - Posted by Mark Stacey
City West Water, one of the three retail water companies servicing metropolitan Melbourne, recently released their Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP), which sets out their plan for environmental management through to June 2013. The ESP has detailed targets for environmental performance and outlines responsibilities for implementing actions, reporting and review.

The ESP builds upon over six years of work to proactively manage City West Water’s environmental performance. While their achievements to date are considerable – take for example that they were the first water business in Australia to achieve zero net greenhouse emissions – the organisation continues to pledge to reduce their environmental impact across their operations. Some key commitments in the ESP are:

• Continue to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions
• Supply 3,000 ML of alternate water per year by 2012/13
• Develop a Greening the West Strategic Plan, involving the development of fit-for-purpose plant watering (involving recycled water, stormwater harvesting and reclaimed water)
• Beneficially use 100% of biosolids generated from Altona Treatment Plant
• Reduce total office waste (per FTE) by 10%, and reduce the percentage of this waste going to landfill to 40% by 2012/2013

As a resident of Melbourne’s inner west it is great to see these commitments and I look forward to the outcomes on local to global scales.

Since April 2010 Mark has been a member City West Water Community Liaison Committee – this committee monitors City West Water’s performance against environmental targets and is the driving force in developing the principles of a Sustainable Water City. He was actively involved in the development of the ESP through this role.

Kick the Dirt Tour

2.03.2012 - Posted by Matilda Bowra
A few of the team from Alluvium in Melbourne, Melbourne Water employees (predominantly from the Waterways team) and some international colleagues (University of Copenhagen and CIRIA in UK), embarked on a day of site visits to various water sensitive urban design projects across greater Melbourne. Otherwise known as “Kick the Dirt Tour”, we looked at a variety of designs for managing water in buildings and the landscape. The drivers for each project were all different: waterway health, microclimate, potable substitution, and reducing nitrogen to Port Phillip Bay.

Some of the sights we visited included: Pixel Building, Collingwood raingardens, Royal Botanic Gardens wetland upgrade and stormwater harvesting Dandenong Valley Wetland and various streetscapes around Melbourne and within the Little Stringybark Creek catchment. It was a great day of professional development and a huge effort by Rob Catchlove (Alluvium) and Michael Prior (Melbourne Water) who made the day happen.
James Fitzgerald and Rob Catchlove from Alluvium at the RBG

Solar panels and roof garden at the Pixel Building