Council to ensure water supply can meet future demands
BUNDABERG Regional Council has agreed to work with the State Government to oversee the regional water supply.
Strategies aimed at ensuring the continued provision of a regional water supply to meet current and future demands will be available as a public document worked on by both council and the Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS).
Council, at its ordinary meeting yesterday, agreed to a request from DEWS to jointly support the Bundaberg Regional Water Supply Security Assessment, which is a report being produced as part of Water Q: a 30 year strategy for Queensland's water sector.
Council water and wastewater spokesman Alan Bush said it was important for council to align itself with the report, which provided the planning and methodology to ensure water supplies continued to meet demand well into the foreseeable future.
"The Bundaberg region, as an identified state growth area, has been prioritised for early assessment which is important in providing information for the benefit of both levels of government as well as the local community."
Cr Bush said council had a diversified water asset base drawing from underground and surface water supplies with the majority of water drawn from the Ben Anderson Barrage on the Burnett River.
"The Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme has a total capacity of more than 380,000 megalitres of which more than 44,000 megalitres is high priority water," he said.
"Currently we appear to have a very good margin of retained supply with annual distribution not exceeding 70% of available supplies in recent years.
"The availability of water for our domestic and agricultural needs into the future is a matter of high priority and I feel the knowledge that both state and local government are engaged in ensuring the preservation of supply is something that will sit well with the community."
Cr Bush said council would continue to prudently purchase additional water capacity as opportunities presented themselves.