Planning our water future

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link


We are planning now to ensure our region has a secure and adaptable water system, now and for future generations.

The Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is a whole-of-government approach to ensuring the region has a resilient and sustainable water future that contributes to regional health and prosperity and is supported by the community.

Water is essential for communities across the Lower Hunter to flourish. It nurtures our natural environment, keeps our households and businesses running, contributes to green and cool spaces in our cities and towns and keeps our industries operating and our regional economies thriving. Water is deeply entwined with the spiritual, cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aboriginal communities across the Lower Hunter region.

For the last three years we have talked to our community and customers about their values and preferences for our water future, have looked at the data on our changing climate and the expected growth in the region, and we have analysed a range of demand and supply options to reduce the amount of drinking water we use and to supplement our water supplies. We also learnt from our experiences in the recent drought about what we need to do to make sure we are prepared in the future.

Draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan

Our draft plan was on public exhibition during August and September 2021 for community feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided a submission. We are reviewing all feedback received and working with the NSW Government to finalise the plan. The final plan will be sent to NSW Cabinet for consideration in early 2022.

Read the draft plan here. There are also supporting documents in the Document Library including summary documents, fact sheets and FAQs for you to review.

Online Community Webinar

We held an online webinar on Tuesday 24 August from 2-3:30 pm to adhere to Covid safe requirements. The webinar gave participants an understanding of the context for the plan and an overview of the key priorities and actions. If you could not attend at the nominated time, a recording of the webinar is available here.

Preliminary feedback from public exhibition

A high level summary of submissions is available here. A full summary of all submissions received will be available later this year.


We are planning now to ensure our region has a secure and adaptable water system, now and for future generations.

The Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is a whole-of-government approach to ensuring the region has a resilient and sustainable water future that contributes to regional health and prosperity and is supported by the community.

Water is essential for communities across the Lower Hunter to flourish. It nurtures our natural environment, keeps our households and businesses running, contributes to green and cool spaces in our cities and towns and keeps our industries operating and our regional economies thriving. Water is deeply entwined with the spiritual, cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Aboriginal communities across the Lower Hunter region.

For the last three years we have talked to our community and customers about their values and preferences for our water future, have looked at the data on our changing climate and the expected growth in the region, and we have analysed a range of demand and supply options to reduce the amount of drinking water we use and to supplement our water supplies. We also learnt from our experiences in the recent drought about what we need to do to make sure we are prepared in the future.

Draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan

Our draft plan was on public exhibition during August and September 2021 for community feedback. Thank you to everyone who provided a submission. We are reviewing all feedback received and working with the NSW Government to finalise the plan. The final plan will be sent to NSW Cabinet for consideration in early 2022.

Read the draft plan here. There are also supporting documents in the Document Library including summary documents, fact sheets and FAQs for you to review.

Online Community Webinar

We held an online webinar on Tuesday 24 August from 2-3:30 pm to adhere to Covid safe requirements. The webinar gave participants an understanding of the context for the plan and an overview of the key priorities and actions. If you could not attend at the nominated time, a recording of the webinar is available here.

Preliminary feedback from public exhibition

A high level summary of submissions is available here. A full summary of all submissions received will be available later this year.

Ask a question

Do you want to know more about our programs and how we want to secure water for the future in the Hunter? Ask us a question - we're here to help.

You need to be signed in to add your question.

Page last updated: 25 October 2021, 08:35