MWP Presentation Oct06

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Information about MWP Presentation Oct06

Published on April 22, 2008

Author: Tomasina


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

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