The Victorian Government has announced a $91 million package for urban water reform in the state’s 2011-12 Budget.


The package aims at reforming urban water use through improving handling of stormwater and recycled water.


“The funding could be used to create sustainable new developments or community gardens, drought-proof sporting grounds, reduce nutrient loads into waterways or build wetlands to capture, purify and store water from the local area.” Victorian Minister for Water Peter Walsh said.


A $40 million package has also been announced for rebates for the purchasing of water-efficient appliances in Victorian homes. In addition, the water rebates program will be expanded to include rebates for a range of water savings products suitable for small businesses.