Water security assessments for regional urban areas

The Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water works with councils and service providers to better understand the ability of current water supply systems to supply water for future growth in regional urban areas.

Population growth as well as challenges from droughts and ageing infrastructure highlight the ongoing importance of water security planning. Some local governments have requested our assistance with water supply security planning.

Urban water security assessment program

The urban water security assessment program is a partnership, providing a shared understanding of the potential water supply security risks for prioritised communities.

Each assessment provides an overview of the capability of the existing water sources to meet current and projected future water demands. Hydrologic modelling is used to assess the performance/reliability of supply provided by the bulk water supply system.

Local governments and service providers remain responsible for deciding what should be done and implementing actions to manage water supply risks and provide an appropriate level of water security for their communities.

Water security statements

A water security statement guide (PDF, 1.9MB), template (DOCX, 71KB) and worksheets (XLSX, 641KB) are available to assist service providers to undertake their own water security assessment and develop their own water security statement.

Current water security assessments

The map below shows current completed water security assessments and assessments in progress.

Assessments completed and in progress

Under way Completed

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