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Melbourne’s Water Catchments
Perspectives on a World-Class Water Supply
This book charts the history of the water catchments and water supply for the city of Melbourne, which has many unique aspects that are a critical part of the history of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. Much of the development of the water supply system was many decades ahead of its time and helped buffer the city of Melbourne from major diseases, droughts and water shortages.
The authors present a chronology of the evolution of the catchment and water supply system pre-1900 to today. They discuss major developments, policies, and construction and management activities. Each chapter is illustrated with historical black and white images and also newly taken photos that contrast present scenes with those from the past.
The book includes many extraordinary insights into current and future issues with Melbourne’s water supply, including issues associated with the highly controversial north-south pipeline, the desalination plant and the potential for further diversions of the Yarra River.
* Tells the story of how the water catchment system developed for Melbourne has been consistently ahead of its time has had a massive influence on the development of the city and Australia
* Includes both historical and current content and photographs
* Includes issues associated with the highly controversial north-south
PART 1: Early History (Pre-1900 to 1960)
Chapter 1: Pre-1900
Chapter 2: 1901–1939
Chapter 3: 1940–1960
PART 2: 1961 to 2012 – a water man’s perspective
Chapter 4: 1961–1984
Chapter 5: 1985–2012
Chapter 6: The future