How can we be kinder to the environment and ourselves with our chemical use?
Melbourne Water uses a range of chemicals as part of their business operations and in management and maintenance of assets (e.g. herbicides for weed control along waterways; briquettes to control mosquito larvae, chemicals used in sewage and drinking water treatment). The use of chemicals in and around waterways poses a potential risk to the environmental, social and economic values waterways provide, in addition to the risks to operators applying the chemicals.
This project will assess the risks of chemicals used by Melbourne Water on or near waterways, to aquatic ecosystem and human health and inform improved chemical use practices.
The aims are to:
A stocktake of 1,472 chemicals used by Melbourne Water is complete and a review of use and potential exposure is underway.
RMIT A3P Jackie Myers, Sara Long, Vincent Pettigrove, Monica Tewman, Kennedy Osakwe
MW: Tom Le Cerf, Sarah Harris, Erik Ligtermoet, Will Steele, Suelin Haynes, Heather Graham, Louise Kerferd, Paul Rees, John Tsevelekidis, Sam Harbert, Rhys Coleman, Slobodanka Stojkovic
Expected Completion: 2023
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.