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 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 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 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

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