Water Efficiency to Reduce Overall Residential and Non-Residential Water Use
A long term, sustained focus on using less water is central to living with less rainfall and becoming climate resilient.
Benefits of using less water:
It’s better for the environment. Using less water minimises the amount of groundwater we have to extract and our energy use associated treating this water and pumping.
It defers the costs of investing in new water sources and infrastructure and the price increases which come with this.
How does Council promote water efficiency?
- Promote water-efficient devices in existing residential properties
- Mandate the installation of water-efficient fittings and fixtures in all new developments
- Require the installation of rainwater tanks in most new residential developments
- Assist Moree Plains’ highest commercial water users to use water more efficiently
Reducing the Amount of Unaccounted for Water
Water is a scarce resource, which makes water efficiency everyone's business.
Moree Plains Shire Council pursues a number of activities to improve water efficiency in Moree and villages. Such activities are guided by the Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy. The Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy is the strategic plan which guides and prioritises actions regarding Council’s management of the urban water supply, sewerage and stormwater systems.
In 2016, Council engaged consultants to conduct the eight-yearly review of the IWCM Strategy. This review includes a careful analysis of:
- Current and future water catchment, water supply, sewerage and storm water issues;
- Community and stakeholder priorities for water cycle management now and in the future;
- Best-practice management guidelines relating to water cycle management;
- Water related programs and studies already undertaken under the 2006 IWCM Strategy, and their success; and
- Water cycle requirements for the next 30 years
Identify and address avoidable leakage in the water supply system.
- Better management of contractors who extract water from Council's mains through adoption of a new policy on the use of standpipes
- Identify and address water theft
*Leak detection in the water supply network