Sustainability at Westernport Water
What is it?
Sustainability is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
What does it mean to Westernport Water?
At Westernport Water, sustainability means we consider the environmental, social and financial impacts of our decisions or projects - locally on the Westernport region, and globally when considering challenges such as climate change.
Sustainability is a critical element in the provision of our water and wastewater services. We are firmly committed to environmental sustainability in our activities and across the region. As we move to secure water supplies for all our customers in the long-term, Westernport Water will strive to cut the environmental footprint of its business.
Sustainable Phillip Island Brochure
Westernport Water has participated in creating the brochure 'Sustainable Phillip Island', providing information to residents and visitors on how they can promote sustainability in their lives on Phillip Island.
The late Peter Huthwaite, former President of the Phillip Island Landcare group, Victorian Landcare Council chairperson July 2009 to June 2010 and resident of Phillip Island, had a wish that Phillip Island be recognised as a special place with its own sustainable vision and objectives.Peter's wish has been realised through the efforts of the Sustainable Phillip Island working group.
The brochure was the catalyst for formal discussion of sustainability on Phillip Island and provides a number of objectives that the Phillip Island community can work towards. By promoting sustainable living for people who reside and visit the island, we can ensure that the local ecology will remain pristine for the future.
'Sustainable Phillip Island' was developed by the following groups, whose support and contributions greatly helped in producing the brochure: Phillip Island Landcare, Westernport Water, Sustainability Victoria, Bass Coast Landcare Network, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Conservation Society, South East Councils Climate Change Alliance, Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve and Bass Coast Shire Council.The brochure was funded through the Phillip Island Landcare Sustaining Coast Communities Project, which is managed by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.
'Sustainable Phillip Island' brochure (3.27 MB)
Challenges for a Sustainable Garden - Bass Coast Landcare and Westernport Water article (456 KB)
Westernport Water has a rain garden at the Newhaven office, that captures the water off the roof watering the plants, making use of every drop. This improves water quality by naturally filtering the water that ultimately ends up in our water ways. Do your bit for the environment and help protect our waterways by creating a raingarden.
Melbourne Water has recently launched its '10,000 Raingardens Program' and is encouraging people to build raingardens in their backyards and home environments, with the target of constructing 10,000 raingardens by 2013. For more information, visit the Melbourne Water website.