Planning our water future

We face an uncertain future, so we need keep our options open to ensure we have a sustainable and reliable supply of water now and for the future.

Understanding what our community values will inform our decisions around supply (where we get water from) and demand (how we use the water we have) options, and guide how we respond to drought and other stresses in the future. Learn more about the options we're considering and areas we've identified for further investigation.

We are working with our government partners, key stakeholders and community now to review the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan (LHWP) to ensure it remains adaptable and reflects our changing community values and priorities.

This new long-term plan will help us better adapt to future uncertainties, such as population growth and climate variability, as well as take advantage of opportunities like advances in technology.

Learn more about what's involved in developing the new Lower Hunter Water Plan.


We face an uncertain future, so we need keep our options open to ensure we have a sustainable and reliable supply of water now and for the future.

Understanding what our community values will inform our decisions around supply (where we get water from) and demand (how we use the water we have) options, and guide how we respond to drought and other stresses in the future. Learn more about the options we're considering and areas we've identified for further investigation.

We are working with our government partners, key stakeholders and community now to review the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan (LHWP) to ensure it remains adaptable and reflects our changing community values and priorities.

This new long-term plan will help us better adapt to future uncertainties, such as population growth and climate variability, as well as take advantage of opportunities like advances in technology.

Learn more about what's involved in developing the new Lower Hunter Water Plan.


Understanding community preferences for water supply and demand option types

There are many things we need to consider to ensure there will be enough water for the Hunter region into the future.

We want to better understand how you feel about the different water supply and demand option types we are considering.

Before you get started, read through the options factsheets in our Community Library (located on the right side panel).

How open are you to Hunter Water considering these water supply and demand options?
How open are you to Hunter Water considering these water supply and demand options? They definitely should be considering this option I am quite open to Hunter Water considering this option I am undecided I am slightly against Hunter Water considering this option They should give no consideration to the option I don't know
Water conservation (i.e. reducing everyone's demand for drinking water)
Dams
Desalination (i.e. treating seawater for drinking)
Groundwater (i.e. extracting water from beneath the ground and treating for drinking)
Recycled water (i.e. treating and reusing water for non-drinking uses)
Stormwater harvesting (i.e. treating and reusing stormwater for non-drinking uses)
Water sharing between regions (i.e. transferring water across regions to where it is needed most)

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Until recently, we had been considering recycled water mainly for industrial and irrigation uses. However, as we develop the plan, we are starting to explore indirect potable reuse, which involves treating or purifying wastewater to a very high standard and adding it to existing water sources, such as adding it into dams or aquifers (groundwater). This water is treated again when extracted from the water source to ensure it meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. We’re keen to start learning more from our communities about their thoughts on the use of purified recycled water to supplement water supplies.

How open are you to Hunter Water considering adding purified recycled water to existing water sources to supplement supplies?
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