Update on applying a recycled

water charge

Due to a technical issue, we won't be applying the recycled water charge to the February 2022 bills for customers in properties with a dual water supply in Fishermans Bend as we'd previously communicated. We'll update customers who are affected by this when we have more details. 

A water sensitive community

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 485 hectares and consisting of five precincts in the heart of Melbourne. 

It's expected that by 2050, Fishermans Bend will be home to approximately 80,000 residents and provide employment for up to 92,000 people including 12,000 university students.

The Fishermans Bend vision is for “a thriving place that is a leading example for environmental sustainability, liveability, connectivity, diversity and innovation”. We believe that water is pivotal to the design of this community and we're proposing an integrated water system, which leverages the entire water cycle, to achieve this vision. You can read more about the framework for Fishermans Bend here

By investing in this project, we'll help to create a water sensitive community that secures Melbourne’s liveability and sets a new benchmark in sustainable urban design.

Supplying recycled water and rainwater to 
Fishermans Bend

Some new apartments in Fishermans Bend have been built with separate pipes to deliver drinking water and recycled water. Recycled water is non-drinking water that will be delivered to toilets, to a tap to connect to a washing machine in the laundry, and garden spaces. It’s produced by treating the wastewater from homes and businesses to a high quality Class A standard and supplying it back to properties for reuse.  At Fishermans Bend, it’s also mixed with rainwater that’s captured off apartment building roofs and collected in a large tank. 

Recycled water will be available in Fishermans Bend once a local water recycling plant is built. Until then, we’re supplying drinking water through the recycled water pipe.


Charging for recycled water use

Recycled water usage is charged at $2.0205 per kilolitre (per 1,000 litres) used. We’ll apply this cost for water used through the ‘purple’ recycled water pipe, even while we’re providing drinking water through this pipe. Recycled water is charged lower than the drinking water usage, which costs $2.6888 per kilolitre.

At Fishermans Bend recycled water will be mixed in with rainwater when there’s enough available in the rainwater tank. As we don’t charge for rainwater, you’ll only pay for the volume of recycled water you use. Details about all our prices and charges are here.

How we measure water use

A meter on your building’s rainwater tank measures how much rainwater is used. We split this volume between each apartment and common area and subtract it from the total water used through the recycled water pipe. This way you won’t pay for any rainwater use on your bill.


Our plans for Fishermans Bend

We’ll design, construct and operate an integrated water system to deliver a reliable recycled water supply. The water system will use smart grid technology to maximise rainwater capture for reuse in properties, while mitigating localised flooding.

We’ll also build a treatment plant to mine the city’s sewage and treat it to class A recycled water standard. The precinct scale size of the plant means we can do this at a lower cost than smaller building-scale systems. It will also allow us to supply recycled water to properties and outdoors to create drought-resilient green spaces which enhance liveability.


Supporting the vision of all our stakeholders

By enabling a more sustainable, resilient community with more efficient use of assets, an integrated water system fulfils the vision of numerous government and planning agencies, building owners and developers including:

Victorian Government, City of Port Phillip, City of Melbourne, Melbourne Water, City West Water, Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

A Green Star Communities rating

An integrated water system will help enable Fishermans Bend to attain a Green Star Communities rating, which benchmarks community development projects against a framework of sustainability principles.

It will help achieve credits for planning, design and delivery in the following areas:

  • Sustainability awareness
  • Adaption and resiliance
  • Ecological enhancement
  • Heat island effect
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Potable water consumption
  • Stormwater
  • Waste management
  • Innovation

Expressions of Interest for land in Fishermans Bend 

We’re working with DARMS Property to seek expressions of interest for land in Fishermans Bend to be developed as an above ground water recycling plant.

We’re seeking land for a site with an area of 1.5- 3 Hectares in Port Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend Employment Precinct, bounded by the Yarra River – Graham Street, Williamstown Road and Westgate Freeway.

This infrastructure is an important piece in Fishermans Bend’s journey to becoming a sustainable, thriving community, supported by integrated water management initiatives.

We’re encouraging land owners in this precinct to get in touch to establish if their landholdings are a match for this critical urban infrastructure requirement.

For a confidential discussion and a copy of the Expression of Interest documentation, contact John Darmody at DARMS on 0412 204 222 or john@darms.com.au

More information

Read the Fishermans Bend Framework for more information.

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