Urban water cycle factsheet

Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6

Melbourne’s urban water cycle begins with the catchment of rainfall in the Thomson Reservoir.

It is stored in that Reservoir for about five years. From there it flows to the Upper Yarra Reservoir and is stored for another 12 months. The journey then continues to either the Silvan or Cardinia Reservoirs. When the water leaves these reservoirs it is disinfected and then it is piped to local storage tanks and then finally transferred into our homes.

Learn more about how drinking water is collected and transported by downloading the factsheet.

Victorian Curriculum

Years 3 - 4:  Geography VCGGK082

Years 5 - 6:  Geography VCGGK096

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