Our water, their home

Our drinking water comes from the environment; rivers, creeks and, sometimes, from aquifers underground (this is called groundwater).

We aren’t the only ones relying on this water.

These waterways are home to birds, platypus, frogs and fish. Rivers also give life to native trees and plants that provide important habitat for many other animals and birds. The same water that sustains us, sustains the environment.

When you turn on the tap, you're using the same water that our local wildlife needs to thrive. That’s why it helps to imagine the platypus when you use water. It may help you use a bit less—because our water is their home.

Cultural significance

The Barwon Water service region is of spiritual and cultural significance for the Eastern Maar and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners. We recognise the Barwon and Moorabool rivers and their landscapes as interconnected living entities and the Traditional Owners as the ‘voice of the living entities’.

“Ngubitj bulayt bengadak” - Water connects us all

What is 'Our water, their home' about?

As we prepare for a long term shift towards a hotter, drier climate, we’re encouraging all our customers to learn about where drinking water comes from, and how we are sharing it with the environment.

We want you to reframe how you think about water, and make change in your own life to use less of this precious resource.