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Water - Planning for the Future

East Gippsland Water

Annual Water Outlook

This is updated each year and forecasts the short-term likelihood of water restrictions for each of East Gippsland Water’s water supply systems, together with any priority actions for each of those systems, where appropriate.

There are no water restrictions currently forecast for the 2018/19 summer season in any of East Gippsland Water’s supply systems.

Integrated Water Management

Integrated water management is a collaborative approach to water planning and management that brings together organisations with an interest in all aspects of the water cycle.

East Gippsland Water is partnering with local organisations and agencies to actively progress integrated water management across the region.

Acknowledging that water is a scarce resource, the partners have formed the East Gippsland Integrated Water Management Forum. The aim is to undertake integrated water management projects to maximise the resilience, liveability and economic prosperity of our East Gippsland communities and connected waterways, wetlands and Gippsland Lakes.

The forum has developed a Strategic Directions Statement which identifies ten high priority projects covering areas such as water recycling, stormwater management, water sensitive urban design and adapting to climate change.

Urban Water Strategy

East Gippsland Water’s Urban Water Strategy has a vital role to play in determining how the corporation addresses long-term water security issues.

It provides a detailed, long-term forecast of water demands for communities across the region, along with supply options to meet these demands. The Urban Water Strategy comprises individual strategies for the Mitchell River water supply system and the supply systems of Mallacoota, Omeo, Swifts Creek, Cann River, Buchan, Dinner Plain, Orbost and Bemm River. Consideration has been given to latest projections on climate change and population growth.

The Urban Water Strategy has also had an important part to play in determining the direction of East Gippsland Water’s 2018-2023 Price Submission (Business Plan). In addition it incorporates the corporation’s Drought Preparedness Plan.