Urban populations are increasing, stretching our water supplies and threatening the liveability of our cities and towns.
An uncertain climate sees unpredictable inflows to our water storages.
Billions of litres of stormwater runoff our impervious urban landscapes, adversely impacting urban waterways and the bays.
These are just a few of the challenges now being tackled under a plan to make our urban landscapes more sustainable and liveable.
The Government's Living Victoria policy is driving generational change in how Melbourne uses rainwater, stormwater and wastewater for non-drinking purposes.
This will be achieved with the adoption of an integrated water cycle management approach which makes the best use of all the water resources available in a city or town.
The policy provides for better water services and reduces Victoria's energy and water use footprint in urban areas.
Using stormwater, rainwater and recycled water has the potential to provide billions of litres of alternative water as Melbourne's next major water augmentation.
This water will be used to replace the use of drinking water for non-drinking purposes, such as for sporting ovals, streetscapes, urban parks and gardens, water features and third pipe systems in homes.
For more information visit the Office of Living Victoria website.