Strengthening Broken Hill - Climate Proofing Future Water Supply
Broken Hill City Council
About the project
Broken Hill City Council's project aims to prepare a Water Futures Strategy document which will address climate change impacts on future water supply and how water demands can be met.
Project benefits will include the preparation of comprehensive action plans for 3 key demand management areas covering water efficiency, alternative supplies and planning control. These are:
- pressure and leakage management;
- a commercial demand management program; and
- stormwater harvesting and reuse assessment.
This project was completed in February 2012 and achieved, in summary, the following:
- table of Climate Change Impact on Future Rainfall, Flood and Water Quality in each reservoir;
- table of Climate Change Impact on Future Water Supply and Quality;
- table of Climate Change Impact on Socio Economic Development;
- table of recommended Corrective Actions for Urban Irrigation;
- strategy for leak detection in the reticulation system;
- projected Water Savings Potential and Costs for Commercial Institutions;
- prioritised recommendations for Council operations and planning to save water;
- online ongoing monitoring (smart metering) of key users;
- monthly Water Budgets for Urban Irrigation, so that Council can identify its irrigation efficiency each month. These reports are displayed on the smart metering website for six parks and ovals;
- prioritisation of Feasible Stormwater Harvesting Sites and associated costs; and
- the identification of up to 35ML/year of potential water savings through stormwater harvesting and scheduling upgrades.
Further information on this project may be obtained by contacting the Broken Hill City Council directly on 08 8080 3300.
The Strengthening Basin Communities program is funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.