MWP Presentation Oct06

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2006 Metropolitan Water Plan: 

2006 Metropolitan Water Plan

Setting the scene: 

Setting the scene Need sufficient water for: People, economy & environment Population growth & river protection To withstand drought Need to minimise economic & environmental costs

Securing Sydney’s water needs: 

Securing Sydney’s water needs Review undertaken by independent experts Now able to diversify water supplies to ensure: More than enough water to meet needs until at least 2015 Strong position to accommodate population growth beyond 2015 Sydney can withstand current drought & any future droughts

The Plan: 

The Plan Undertaking climate change research Increasing recycling Reducing demand Increasing supply Defence against prolonged drought Improving catchment & river health Creating a dynamic water industry

Key initiatives: 

Key initiatives

Climate change research: 

Climate change research Researching short & long-term impacts Collaborations between water and greenhouse agencies and research organisations Informing strategic supply planning © Sydney Catchment Authority

Increasing recycling: 

Increasing recycling

Increasing recycling: 

Increasing recycling Recycling water in Western Sydney Recycling for industry New sewer mining policy Making it easier to recycle greywater at home Recycling stormwater

Western Sydney Recycled Water Initiative (WSRWI): 

Western Sydney Recycled Water Initiative (WSRWI) Markets for recycled water Major residential land release areas eg North West Scheme Irrigation for agriculture River flows

WSRWI – North West Scheme: 

WSRWI – North West Scheme

Industrial recycling: 

Industrial recycling Camellia Recycled Water Project Kurnell BlueScope Steel

Sewer mining: 

Sewer mining New sewer mining policy Beverley Park Golf Club

Greywater use at home: 

Greywater use at home Council approval not required Educational material available Installation by a licensed plumber Use an approved diversion device

Stormwater harvesting: 

Stormwater harvesting Range of projects funded by NSW Government Stormwater harvesting guidelines Councils can raise also funds for projects Bexley Municipal Golf Club

Reducing Demand Drinking water use – Greater Sydney: 

Reducing Demand Drinking water use – Greater Sydney

Reducing demand: 

Reducing demand

Reducing demand: 

Reducing demand

Water Savings Fund: 

Water Savings Fund Allocates $130 million over 4 years for water saving initiatives Financial assistance for businesses, councils & government agencies to implement water conservation & recycling projects Funds various water saving initiatives Funds Community Education

Water Savings Action Plans: 

Water Savings Action Plans Large water users required to develop plans Expected to result in up to 20% savings Who is required to prepare plans 237 businesses 39 Government sites all 44 Sydney councils

Every Drop Counts Business Program: 

Every Drop Counts Business Program Targets high water users Water savings of up to 30% Identified water savings can go into Water Savings Action Plans

Leak Reduction: 

Leak Reduction Saving over 33 billion litres/year by 2015 Investing more than $400 million over four years: Actively detect leaks Replace old pipes Improve speed and quality of leak repairs Reduce high pressure areas Improve flow metering

Water Smart Government: 

Water Smart Government Improved water efficiency in all agency buildings, facilities and tenancies Water Savings Action Plans NABERS OFFICE Water Rating Tool Use of water efficient products

Water Smart Schools: 

Water Smart Schools Every Drop Counts in Schools Rainwater Tanks in Schools Rebate Trial on leakage reduction in schools

BASIX: 

BASIX Applies to all new dwellings and alterations and additions to dwellings Must reduce water consumption by 40%, in greater Sydney

Rebates & offers: 

Rebates & offers Washing Machine Rebate Rainwater Tanks Rebate WaterFix Program Do-It-Yourself Water Saving Kit Landscape Garden Assessment

Efficiency labelling & standards: 

Efficiency labelling & standards WELS Scheme Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme Introduced 1 July 2006 Replaces AAAAA rating scheme

Partnering with community: 

Partnering with community Education Plan Water for Life Water conservation education campaigns Council communication kits Coordination, partnerships & capacity building

Partnering with community: 

Partnering with community Targeted Community Education Projects Schools support Ethnic communities focus Community-based education Property sector education

Increasing supply: 

Increasing supply Deep water in dams Investigating options for extra water from Shoalhaven

Deep dam water: 

Deep dam water Projects at 3 major dams Water availability increased by 40 billion litres/year 6 months extra supply in drought Completion late 2006 Photography by TVU Pty Ltd © Sydney Catchment Authority

Shoalhaven water transfers: 

Shoalhaven water transfers Exploring option of transferring more water Not raising Tallowa Dam Water availability increased by 30 billion litres/year Studies under way Community consultation Photography by TVU Pty Ltd © Sydney Catchment Authority

Drought measures: 

Drought measures New strategy of “readiness” Severe drought – tap groundwater reserves Extreme drought – start constructing desalination Strength of these options Constructed with short lead times Operating quickly to augment supply Money only spent if needed

Groundwater: 

Groundwater Investigations underway Up to extra 30 billion litres/year for 2-3 years For use in severe drought (dam levels about 40%) Community consultation Photography by TVU Pty Ltd © Sydney Catchment Authority

Desalination: 

Desalination Non-rainfall dependent Preparatory work underway Blueprint & concept design for a reverse osmosis plant For use in extreme drought - dam levels below around 30%

Improving catchment & river health: 

Improving catchment & river health Improving catchment health New environmental flows regimes Department of Natural Resources

Improving catchment health: 

Improving catchment health Sydney Catchment Authority’s actions: protect special zones and manage stormwater, sewage, riparian zones and land management Catchment Management Authorities’ actions: restore riparian vegetation Upgrading sewage treatment plants

Environmental flows: 

Environmental flows New environmental flows regimes Upper Nepean dams (starting with Avon Dam) Lower Shoalhaven River

Dynamic water industry: 

Dynamic water industry Reforms to create more competitive water industry: New licensing framework New access regime New guidelines to make sewer mining easier Water Savings Fund New guidelines for decentralised recycled water plants

What happens next?: 

What happens next? Ongoing monitoring and analysis Status report every year Reviewed plan every 4 years Independent Review Panel – community engagement

Stay connected: 

Stay connected For more information and to sign up for the Water for Life e-newsletter visit www.waterforlife.nsw.gov.au