To address the changing trends in stormwater management, Melbourne Water and EPA have embarked on a joint project to update the BPEMG to consider the relevance of ‘quality only’ targets with the understanding of other parameters and place-based drivers. 

In reviewing the guidelines, Melbourne Water has identified a range of initiatives that will likely be required for implementation. 

A current challenge is the ambiguity associated with stormwater treatment measures that may or may not meet the required standards set under the guidelines.  Drawing upon international models, it has recognised a number of verification pathways for stormwater treatment measures that could be applied, and the importance of access to credible information regarding the efficacy of particular measures to treat stormwater to standards. 

As part of its industry consultation, Melbourne Water has provided the SIA with a copy of a ‘Roadmap Report’ and seeks feedback on how we can best work with industry to develop a consistent, objective, informed and science-based approach to verifying stormwater treatment measures.  

SIA has expressed an interest in working with Melbourne Water to shape any initiative they may undertake to ensure it has a national relevance.  

Responding to the needs of the industry, the SIA seek feedback and will work over coming months to aggregate interest in other jurisdictions with a view to initiating a National Pilot. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your feedback.

To read the full report go to: pdfIVS_road_map_discussion_paper_draft_5_July_13.pdf