Victoria is a great place to live, work and visit, but we face three big challenges: climate change, population growth and urbanisation. Water is fundamental to our wellbeing and prosperity. To ensure Victorian communities can continue to thrive in all climates, we are focussing on all elements of the water cycle, including supply, demand, stormwater, wastewater, receiving waters and water for liveability, to best plan and manage this vital resource now and for the future.

Graph showing the potential future water supply and demand scenario for Melbourne by the year 2050 where water demand increases to 600 gigalitres per year in a high population growth scenario and water supply decreases to around 470 gigalitres per year under a median catchment inflow scenario.   Graph 2 shows the potential mix of water sources to meet Melbourne’s water supply needs by 2050 under a median inflow scenario, including a mix of catchment water, desalinated water, recycled water and stormwater.

Victoria is the fastest growing state in Australia. Protecting and enhancing our iconic waterways and landscapes is essential for the ongoing liveability of our growing communities. As the effects of climate change continue to be experienced in our cities and towns, more frequent extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, drought and flooding, can be expected, placing increased pressure on water sources and services.

Graph showing the potential mix of water sources to meet Melbourne’s water supply needs by 2050 under a median inflow scenario, including a mix of catchment water, desalinated water, recycled water and stormwater.

Water for Victoria is improving water management across the state to ensure our waterways are healthy and our urban spaces are cool and green. The government’s approach to water management links all aspects of water cycle and water service planning, aligning this with strategic land use planning. This integrated approach helps us make the most of all our water sources to enhance our natural environments and reduce our impact, improve our water security and efficiency, and connect communities to waterways, wetlands and coastal landscapes.

Page last updated: 16/07/19