Building the way to sustainable Victorian communities


Villawood Properties and South East Water today welcomed Jude Perera MP, on behalf of Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, as he visited the Aquarevo development and witnessed first-hand the start of construction of the first house in the Lyndhurst estate.

The home is designed to showcase the water and energy saving initiatives that will feature in all 460 homes of the development, which together will reduce reliance on drinking water by up to 70 per cent and cut energy consumption by 60 per cent, making Aquarevo Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential development.

Aquarevo is a unique collaboration between Villawood Properties, one of Australia’s leading residential land developers, and Victorian Government utility South East Water. The first house is being constructed by Arden.

“The first home at the Aquarevo development will showcase our innovative solutions that will be installed in every Aquarevo home, demonstrating that there are more sustainable ways to use water to our customers and community – without losing the health and liveability that water offers us.” Said Charlie Littlefair, General Manager Liveable Water Solutions at South East Water.

“The future members of this community will be making an important contribution towards reducing pressure on our drinking water supplies – so there’s more for future generations.”

Central to the home is the rain to hot water system, in which rainwater is captured from the roof and stored in a tank at each property. The rainwater undergoes screening, filtration, UV and heat treatment before supplying hot water taps in the shower, bath, laundry trough and clothes washing machine. Drinking water is automatically supplied to the hot water system as a back-up if there is no rainwater in the tank.

Recycled water also plays a key role in reducing Aquarevo’s reliance on Melbourne’s water supplies. Class A recycled water, the highest quality recycled water available, will be produced by a fully enclosed, onsite water recycling plant, which will treat all wastewater from the estate, and return it to each home for use in toilets, gardens and, optionally, clothes washing machines.

Homes will take advantage of South East Water’s OneBox® technology to intelligently manage water use and monitor energy consumption within the home. The small wall-mounted device will be installed at each property and monitor all water use in the home. Its technology will:

  • Enable Tank Talk®, South East Water’s rainwater tank solution that gathers data from the Bureau of Meteorology, and decides if and when water should be released from the tank prior to a rainfall event. This helps to reduce stormwater flooding.
  • Control and monitor the rain to hot water system, and the temperature of hot water leaving the hot water unit.
  • Allow South East Water to remotely monitor and control the estate’s pressure sewer network and regulate sewer flows.
  • Enable residents to track their water and energy use

“Aquarevo is an exemplary and effective collaboration between the government and private sectors, and one Villawood Properties is proud to be part of.” Said Neil O’Connor, General Manager of Development at Villawood Properties.

“Beyond laying the foundation of the Aquarevo demonstration home, today marks the start of broader residential construction across the community meaning residents are a step closer to moving into their innovative new homes.”

Local construction firm Arden has designed an 8-star, zero-net carbon model for the undertaking.

Aquarevo is located in the City of Casey, one of Melbourne’s most dynamic growth areas.