Water Initiatives

In 2008 Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water and have since completed an integrated water servicing study for Doncaster Hill.

A project is now being undertaken that will see Doncaster Hill become the first Activity Centre in Melbourne to implement a recycled water program that will allow residents of new apartments within the Hill to access Class A recycled water from a treatment plant.

It will be the first time a system and treatment plant have been introduced into an established urban setting, and the project will put Doncaster Hill at the forefront of sustainable water solutions.

The two organisations have developed guidelines that provide certainty for developers seeking approval and at the same time improve the environmental credentials of future development in Doncaster Hill. 

Doncaster Hill Water Plan Information Pack (DHWIP)

Council has developed a Doncaster Hill Water Information Pack to provide further guidance on the options that developers have to implement sustainable water management solutions for their development. It complies with Council's environmental and engineering requirements and complement the provision of recycled water by Yarra Valley Water.

The DHWIP offers a number of different strategies that a development can employ to better manage stormwater within their development footprint, as well as providing design guidance, tips on where more information can be found and a number of visual examples of what is possible through considered and integrated design.

Third pipe initiative

Doncaster Hill is the first Activities Area in Melbourne to introduce an innovative project to make recycled water available for future residents of the Hill. Manningham Council is working with Yarra Valley Water to develop the project, which will see residents of new apartments in Doncaster Hill being able to access Class A recycled water from a treatment plant. Council, Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water completed an integrated water servicing study for Doncaster Hill, which looked at a range of different options for managing water supply, sewerage and stormwater, including mandated levels of water efficiency, greater use of rainwater, recycled water supply and the management of stormwater to reduce pollution impacts on local waterways and Port Phillip Bay. The study concluded that a local source of recycled water provided an environmentally responsible additional water source that is suitable for a range of uses including toilet, laundry and outdoor use.

Further investigation into the proposed location of the treatment plant is currently underway.

Yarra Valley Water is working with Council to develop consistent guidelines which will provide certainty for developers seeking approval, while at the same time improving the environmental credentials of future development in Doncaster Hill.

The Pinnacle, at 632 Doncaster Road, The Madison, at 91 Tram Road, and the affordable housing project at 96-99 Tram Road are the first developments to install a dedicated third pipe to carry recycled water into their buildings. Download the documents below for more information on recycled water requirements.