Draft Water Efficiency Strategic Plan 2020-2025

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Shannon Creek Dam is the 'build' component of the Regional Water Supply Scheme, and helps ensure a secure water supply. The 'non-build' component is the WESP, the water efficiency strategy which guides our water saving programs.

The Regional Water Supply Scheme (RWSS), which serves Clarence Valley Council and Coffs Harbour City Council areas, involved both the construction of Shannon Creek Dam and associated pipelines to connect the two areas to the raw water supply provided, and a non-build component focussed on community using that water efficiently so that the new dam and pipelines could reliably serve these communities well into the future.

Since the implementation of the first regional water efficiency strategy aimed at reducing water use in the late 1990s, the average amount of water supplied to a residential property in a year has decreased

The Regional Water Supply Scheme (RWSS), which serves Clarence Valley Council and Coffs Harbour City Council areas, involved both the construction of Shannon Creek Dam and associated pipelines to connect the two areas to the raw water supply provided, and a non-build component focussed on community using that water efficiently so that the new dam and pipelines could reliably serve these communities well into the future.

Since the implementation of the first regional water efficiency strategy aimed at reducing water use in the late 1990s, the average amount of water supplied to a residential property in a year has decreased. To continue this progress in a region with a growing population and to ensure the adopted strategies remain current, they have been periodically updated with community input to help guide the next steps in our regional approach to water efficiency.

The current Draft Water Efficiency Strategic Plan (WESP) 2020 and Draft Water Efficiency Implementation Plan (WEIP) 2020 build on the initiatives and successes of the previous water efficiency measures to continue to deliver comprehensive and effective water conservation programs for a more sustainable water supply for the Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley communities. The WESP provides the framework for the revised water efficiency strategies including project drivers, goals and areas for action. The WEIP provides details on the actions required to implement the WESP, including timeframes and budgets.

Following Council endorsement, the Draft Water Efficiency Strategic Plan (WESP) 2020 and the Draft Water Efficiency Implementation Plan (WEIP) 2020 have been placed on public exhibition for 28 days (from June 24 to July 22) in both the Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley areas. For Clarence Valley area residents, the documents will be on public exhibition on this Clarence Conversations and CVC’s On Exhibition page (https://www.clarence.nsw.gov.au/onexhibition).

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