Water security plan goes to government for sign off

Central Coast water and sewage charges under review by IPART.

Central Coast Council has endorsed a revised Central Coast Water Security Plan (CCWSP) to be submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) for their review and approval.

As the Central Coast grows, so does the demand for water, however our current infrastructure can only supply us with a limited amount of water.

The CCWSP has been developed to address how we can grow our supply and manage our demand to ensure we have enough water to meet our future needs.

Council Administrator Rik Hart said that this plan was the culmination of four years of technical investigations, risks assessments, hydrological modelling and meaningful conversations with our community.

“This long-term water plan aims to conserve and use water efficiently, while sustainably making the most of the water supply assets we currently have,” Hart said.

“It also looks at developing new supplies of water in the future – that don’t rely on rainfall – as the demand for water continues to grow.

“Most importantly, this plan is adaptive, which is vital as we do not know what the future holds.

“This means that we can slow down or accelerate the development of any future investments, such as purified recycled water or desalination, depending on what happens to our climate and population in the future,” he said.

The draft CCWSP went on public exhibition for six weeks (August 31 – October 12) and Council received 55 submissions from community members and industry bodies during this time.

This feedback has been taken into consideration when finalising this now-endorsed plan. 

For more information on the CCWSP, including how it was developed and the community consultation method and results, visit yourvoiceourcoast.com/waterplan

Media release, Dec 14
Central Coast Council