The Australian urban water industry faces significant challenges in meeting growing demands on urban water resources under a shifting climate.
Through this project, National Water Commission, in partnership with Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), identified several important areas where nationally coordinated action would benefit the Australian urban water sector and progress commitments made under the National Water Initiative.
Objectives of this project were to:
- build capacity and improve planning by urban water utilities by developing resources that support best practice urban water supply and demand planning
- create resources specifically targeting the water planning needs of regional and smaller urban water utilities and local councils, where resources and skills can often be in scarce supply
- provide resources that will assist the urban water utility sector and local government water managers to better incorporate community values and public benefits as part of their water planning and investment decisions
- support water managers and utilities to start the complex task of incorporating climate change into water supply and demand planning.
This project has developed a new Integrated Resource Planning model for water planners around Australia. This web-based tool can be applied to any urban water supply in Australia. A series of manuals is also available to guide practitioners, together with case studies that demonstrate the model's use in two Australian cities.