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Melbourne Water and City West Water

Melbourne Water and City West Water

WaterWorks Startup Program


Melbourne Water and City West Water

Melbourne Water is a Victorian government-owned statutory authority that controls much of the water system in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, including the reservoirs, and the sewerage and drainage system that services the city. City West Water provides drinking water, trade waste and recycled water services to Melbourne's CBD, inner and western suburbs.


Collective Campus was engaged to help two of Australia's leading water bodies, Melbourne Water and City West Water, solve several internal challenges by partnering with global startups and scaleups.

How might we better monitor large areas of private or rought terrain to support targeted maintenance?

How might we drive behaviour change with respect to the consumption and treatment of water services?

How might we forecast water demand at different scales more accurately?


We developed the WaterWorks program and targeted startups and scaleups from across the globe.

We sought out companies with funding, working products, and enterprise customers, and copanies that leveraged data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), data management, blockchain, gamification and incentive systems, internet of things (IoT) applications, application programming interfaces (API), algorithm-driven automation and reporting applications.


We received over 130 applications from startups to partner with Melbourne Water and City West Water across a 3-month period.

14 startups were selected to pitch their solutions at a 2-hour pitch event attended by members of both Melbourne Water and City West Water, as well as representatives from peak governing bodies in the water industry.

Several startups were selected to pursue commercial engagements with Melbourne Water and City West Water.

The program was also featured in leading water-centric media publications and websites.