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  • Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day - 23 June 2020

    Today is International Women in Engineering Day, a day that celebrates and focuses our attention on the amazing career opportunities available to women in this exciting industry, and the outstanding achievements of female engineers.

    At Yarra Valley Water, we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion, with a focus on Gender Balance.

    Read more about our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 

    We celebrate today with three female engineers, Elise, Melissa and Rosie, who are part of our graduate program, and asked them about their journey and experiences.

    Meet Elise, our Reactive Maintenance Engineer who says,

    To design for our community, you need representation of all members of the community in the room

    What inspired you to be an engineer?Elise - Reactive Maintenance Engineer

    Despite loving maths and problem solving in high school, I didn’t know a STEM career path was an option for me. I knew I wanted to work in a field where I could work collaboratively to solve problems to benefit the environment. After starting a different course, I realised that engineering could be my way to do that.

    What have you enjoyed working on as part of Yarra Valley Water's graduate program?

    I’m really excited to be working on the Graduate Innovation Project, exploring how Yarra Valley Water can play our part in a Circular Economy. It’s such a great opportunity to deep dive into such an important topic, but it’s also really rewarding to feel like we’re making a contribution to the business as graduates.

    What are you excited about working on now?

    I’ve recently rotated in the Reactive Maintenance team and I’m really enjoying learning about how we maintain and operate our assets. It’s really cool to be able get closer to the detail and learn from our contractors who have been working with our network for years. It’s also been an invaluable opportunity to learn about how we work in collaboration and partnership with our contractors and stakeholders to get the best outcomes for our customers.

     

    Meet Melissa, one of our Planning Engineers, who is currently part of our Water Growth Planning team. 

    What inspired you to be an engineer? Melissa - Planning Engineer

    I think I’ve always enjoyed learning about how things work, and naturally try to solve logically problems. I studied environmental engineering since I was particularly interested in earth sciences and chemistry because it gave a really rewarding understanding of the world around me, and I’d hope it would provide skills to resolve problems where human interactions are disrupting the earth’s equilibrium.

    What have you enjoyed working on at Yarra Valley Water as part of the graduate program?

    As part of my first graduate rotation, I’m working in Water Growth Planning. It’s great to be involved in planning future communities that will be water resilient and efficient, particularly with integration of recycled water to many households.

    What goals do you have for the future?

    I think most engineers sign up on the back of desire to make a difference in the world. For me, I’m driven to improve the social and environmental sustainability of just about anything. At Yarra Valley Water, there is a plethora of opportunity to continue enhancing our impact in this space. The chances are you’ll find me somewhere in between in the future.  

     

    Meet Rosie, one of our Planning Engineers, who says,

    I believe welcoming and encouraging women into engineering studies and work plays an important part in creating greater diversity. Being a female engineer means bringing a different perspective into the workplace. I’m looking forward to seeing further change across the engineering industry that will make engineering more welcoming for everyone.

    What inspired you to be an engineer? Rosie - Planning Engineer

    At school, my favourite subjects were maths and science, plus I enjoyed problem solving, so engineering seemed like a good choice.

    What have you enjoyed working on at Yarra Valley Water as part of the graduate program?

    It’s been great to apply some of the skills I learnt at uni in the workplace, as well as learn a lot about the wastewater industry. I have enjoyed the challenge of developing sewerage solutions for future populations in Melbourne, plus the additional challenge of working from home!

    What are you hoping to achieve in the future?

    I hope to continue to improve my technical expertise in water and wastewater engineering and work to provide innovative solutions for our customers.

     

  • The Importance of delivering environmental and social value in business - June 2020

    Yarra Valley Water is going above and beyond its core work as a water utility to deliver environmental and social value.

    The latest People, Planet and Prosperity report shows how we are working to deliver against our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help ensure a safe and sustainable future for all.

    Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty, said the organisation was the first Australian water utility to commit to the UN Global Compact and the SDGs in 2017, as a way of strategically benefitting the environment and customers.

    “We know that our climate is becoming hotter and drier, and heat-related deaths kill more Australians on average than the road toll. That’s why we need to actively invest in projects that help safeguard the environment,” Pat said.

    Yarra Valley Water’s food waste to energy facility, ReWaste, in Melbourne’s north, is one of our flagship environmental projects and works by converting commercial food waste into clean electricity. The facility - the first of its kind in Australia - produces enough energy to power itself and the recycled water treatment plant next door and sends 70 per cent of the energy it produces back into the grid as renewable energy.

    Solar panels generating energy for Yarra Valley Water’s Mitcham head office, treatment plants and electric vehicle fleet, combined with a long-term power agreement with a solar farm in northern Victoria, are also enabling the organisation to work towards its goal of producing 100 per cent of our own energy by 2025.

    On the social front, Yarra Valley Water started the Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP), a cross-sector collaboration of businesses that work to ensure everybody has fair access to services like water, electricity, gas and telecommunications. TCP now works with 170 businesses across Australia to address hardship issues facing customers, such as family violence and disability.

    “It’s no longer enough to simply operate a business and have no sense of giving back to society and our environment,” Pat said. “At Yarra Valley Water we’re committed to continuous action that generates solutions for a better future for us all.”

    View more information and the report

  • Keep fatbergs out of Melbourne’s pipes - April 2020

    A 42 tonne fatberg was recently discovered in Melbourne's sewers! But what was the fatberg made of? Hear from our Managing Director, Pat McCafferty, who explains what a fatberg is and what we can do to fight the fatberg.

    Hint...only flush the 3Ps - pee, poo and toilet paper!

    Get more information below:

    Read press release

    View 7 News - Fatberg story

    View 9 News - Fatberg segment

    Listen to 3AW - Fatberg segment

  • Make every drop count to meet Target 155

    Melbourne’s increasing population and a warming, drying climate have contributed to our water storages decreasing. Whilst Melbourne’s water supplies are secure for this year, Melburnians are being encouraged to make every drop count with a target usage of 155 litres per person per day.

     

    Melbourne’s annual water outlook report shows our water storage level is 63.9% thanks to Victorian Government water saving policies such as the Victorian Desalination Plant, forward-planning by our water organisations and the continued efforts of Melburnians.

    Yet the report also identified real and growing challenges to our water supply that reminds Melburnians of the need to continue using water wisely every day to protect our water supply for the future.

    The report found Melburnians each use on average 162 litres of water per day – seven litres higher than the target of 155 litres of water per person, per day.

    Residential water use made up 65 per cent of Melbourne’s water use, with showering making up 31 per cent of the water we use at home.

    There are many easy ways we can save water at home. These include simple changes, like brushing your teeth with the tap off, shaving one minute off your shower time, and sorting out water leaks to save water and your back pocket.

    Other simple tips for the home include choosing water efficient washing machines and dishwashers, using a trigger nozzle to water the garden, and using a bucket to wash your car instead of the hose.

    If we each save a little bit of water, we all save a lot. In fact, we each only need to save seven litres of water a day, or less than a bucket load, to support our city’s water security.

    For more water saving tips, search Target 155 or visit www.makeeverydropcount.com.au

    Melbourne’s Water Outlook 2020 report is a collaboration between City West Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water.  

    The organisations come together to assess and predict impacts to the city’s water storages for the coming year and continue to keep our water supplies secure.

    View the report