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Operation and maintenance of WSUD and stormwater harvesting assets presents some significant problems within the industry. Some excellent solutions have been developed to cope with the issues in maintenance and operation of such schemes over the past decade however these experiences are currently not well known within the industry. In an effort to capture best practices in operation and maintenance of WSUD and stormwater harvesting projects and provide a forum for knowledge sharing around these issues IPWEAvic has organized a workshop on 3rd June 2014 at Banyule City Council. The workshop was fully booked in advance with more than 55 people attending on the day.

"Operation and Maintenance of WSUD Infrastructure"presentation by Iouri Vaisman (MD, IV Water)



IV Water was proud to present at the 'National Water Reuse and Recycling Technology 2019' conference with an opportunity to participate in the experts panel on the operational experience with water recycling plants. The presentation is now avaiable and can be viewed in Powerpoint.

Reasons to be there:

  • Outstanding showcase of operational projects and speakers
  • Advanced technological innovations
  • Melbourne Water Guidelines
  • Value of and commitment to water reuse and recycling future

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Water is a precious resource, yet we have traditionally used it once and disposed of it through our sewage treatment plants. There are many activities that do not require drinking quality water and could use recycled water (e.g. irrigation and toilet flushing). By using recycled water that is treated for its intended use, less water from the potable (drinking) system is needed. As part of an integrated water management solution, water recycling is an important way to help preserve our drinking water supplies.

Water Recycling Facility in Yarra Park article by IV Water



Water recycling facilities tour at Melbourne Sports Precinct was organized by IV Water in collaboration with Federation University, Melbourne Cricket Club and Melbourne Olympic Park Trust on Tuesday 22 September 2015. Tour participants were year four civil and environmental engineering students from Federation University in Churchill, VIC. The aim of the tour was to relate studies with practice as well as visit these great sites where best practice in engineering goes hand-in-hand with the well renowned location.

Melbourne Sports Precinct Tour

City West Water - Sunshine Golf Course Sewer Mining Project

City of Kingston - Journey towards a Water Sensitive City

Banyule City Council - Stormwater Harvesting and Urban Forest Strategy



Since the Melbourne Park Redevelopment began in 2010, the project has had a focus on sustainability. The design places a strong emphasis on the comfort of patrons and users and uses clever initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. Watch a short video presentation on water recycling infrastructure management on:

Melbourne Park Redevelopment Water Recycling System

Sustainability Initiatives:

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most used green building rating in the world. The National Tennis Centre, Margaret Court Arena, Tennis HQ and Rod Laver Arena have achieved LEED Gold certification. Centrepiece at Melbourne Park is also expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
  • The installation of the water harvesting system paired with energy-efficient design helped the National Tennis Centre to achieve LEED Gold certification in 2013. The National Tennis Centre has CO2 monitors in the carpark and uses enhanced natural ventilation.
  • Rod Laver Arena has been extensively refurbished with a focus on sustainability and patron comfort. An upgraded air conditioning system zones and adjusts the air temperature depending on the number of people in the venue. This improves patron comfort and reduces the electricity needed for running fans and cooling equipment. Rod Laver Arena amenities have been upgraded to use recycled water for toilet flushing. CO2 monitors in the car park trigger the car park ventilation so it only runs when it is needed.
  • Tennis HQ is a long, narrow building designed so that it allows natural daylight to reach almost 100 per cent of the floor space. Giant eaves on each level reduce glare for the workers inside. The windows are double glazed. The use of sustainable materials improves air quality in the building. Efficient mechanical and electrical systems are used with LED lighting and motion sensors to save energy. Lights turn off automatically if no one is using a zone. As in the other new buildings in the precinct, low-flow water taps and shower heads reduce the water usage in the building. Photovoltaic (solar) cells are installed on the roof. They have been installed across the precinct where fixed roofing is available.
  • Margaret Court Arena reused an existing structure and upgraded it using sustainably sourced timber and energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems. When the weather is fine, the operable roof can open and reduce the amount of air conditioning and lighting needed. The roof is also designed to reflect the sun's heat. Shading canopies block summer sun but allow winter sun through. The arena has efficient water fittings and the toilets are connected to Melbourne Park's water harvesting system.
  • Centrepiece at Melbourne Park (Centrepiece) will also be using energy efficient lighting, electrical and mechanical systems and double glazing. The new function and media centre will be connected to the water harvesting system and use efficient water fittings. Photovoltaic (solar) cells will be installed on the roof to drive sustainable energy production. Centrepiece has created space for bike-parking facilities.
  • The redevelopment has focused on making more green space and shade in the precinct. New trees, garden beds and lawn areas make maximum use of the open space. Consideration of the comfort of pedestrians and event patrons has led the greening of outdoor spaces. While the number and size of the venues at Melbourne Park have increased, no green areas have been reduced.
  • The concourse design allows for more cyclists and pedestrians to move freely along the thoroughfares. New pedestrian bridges allow for direct pedestrian links to Flinders Street Station, AAMI Park and the MCG. Better connections to the city and public transport reduce the need for traffic coming to and from the precinct.



Water recycling facilities tour at Melbourne Sports Precinct was organized by IV Water in collaboration with the Federation University, Melbourne Cricket Club and Melbourne Olympic Park Trust on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

Melbourne Sports Precinct Tour

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Australian Open 2019 has ended. First few weeks in February Melbourne had little (if any) rain and IV Water took the opportunity to conduct annual maintenance clean out activities for stormwater harvesting infrastructure at Melbourne Olympic Park.

In collaboration with Cleanaway and Melbourne Olympic Park management all underground infrastructure components were inspected using CCTV and CSE to determine the extent of cleaning/maintenance required. The clean out procedure was carefully planned (and timed) to minimise the disruption of public activities. The whole stormwater harvesting system was inspected and tested and more than 30 tons of sediment and litter was removed from the GPT, various pits, pump station and detention and storage tanks. That also means that 30 tons of sediment and litter will not enter the Yarra river this year! Melbourne Park is now ready for another 12 months of operation until the next annual clean. All we need now is lots of rain!

Stormwater Harvesting: Good Maintenance Practice article



We have been working tirelessly together with IPWEA VIC and DELWP organising a series of four regional workshops titled 'Getting Integration into the Integrated Water Management' including 'Capturing the Potential of Stormwater' presentation by IV Water:

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IV Water Integrated Water Management presentation



As the licensing authority and waterway manager for urban waterways within the Melbourne region, Melbourne Water has developed draft technical guidelines for stormwater harvesting structures and is continuing to develop principles and rules relating to the volume, rate of harvest and location of stormwater harvesting. These rules and principles form an important part of overall resource management for stormwater in this region.

The guidelines are designed to provide proponents and engineering practitioners with guidance on Melbourne Water's requirements for stormwater harvesting schemes on Melbourne Water assets and recommended options for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of diversion structures. Melbourne Water Guidelines for Stormwater Harvesting have been formally released by Melbourne Water and along with other technical resources can be accessed on:

IV Water is proud to be part of the 5 years long development of these Guidelines that involved comprehensive industry and stakeholders consultation and addressing complex and challenging issues such as environmental/base flow requirements in the urban drainage systems in the context of stormwater harvesting. We congratulate Melbourne Water, all stakeholders involved and the Stormwater industry in general on the the release of this long awaited guidelines.

Melbourne Water Guidelines seminar IV Water presentation



Melbourne Water Corporation in recognition of industry need engaged IV Water to prepare a 'Road Map' paper on the development of an independent verification scheme for stormwater treatment devices.

The prepared 'Road Map' report presenting the findings and conclusions from this study has now been released for public consultation via the Stormwater Industry Association website.

Independent Verification Scheme article



Management of the urban water cycle in Australia has changed significantly over the past few decades.

Stormwater management philosophy has evolved from the conventional, but still important, flood mitigation paradigm, to the current runoff quality control approach. It is now progressing towards the harvesting and reuse concept whilst retaining the previous two targets.

Given the current interest in the uptake of stormwater as a resource (stormwater harvesting) and the on-going commitment to control and treat the run off prior to its discharge into the natural environment by application of WSUD - the Australian stormwater market is also set to grow in the years to come.

The pace that the stormwater market in Australia grows will, to a large degree, depend on the certainty that it can offer to the public, the clients and the government in delivering the stated objectives. In this paper the author looks at the current stormwater harvesting practice and highlights some of the issues that could facilitate the uptake of this valuable resource in Australia in the years to come.

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