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Sustainable water management

In line with our commitment to sustainable development, we aim to pursue sustainable water management through:

  • reduced potable water consumption
  • improved efficiency in managing water resources
  • demonstrating leadership in promoting water conservation in the community
  • improvements to water quality and health of local waterways.

Rainwater tanks are a great way for you to reduce the consumption of potable water, but beware of health hazards from your rainwater tank.

Animals can get into an uncovered tank leaving bacteria in the water which can cause illness such as gastroenteritis.

Regularly clean gutters as dust, roof corrosion products, wood fire particles and bacteria from bird faeces can be washed into your rainwater tank.

The aim of the IWMP is to achieve a more sustainable integrated approach to water management, to reduce reliance on potable water and enhance ecological health of receiving waterways.

Read the Intergrated Water Management Plan (IWMP)

The development of this plan and its targets are key actions of our Council Plan 2013–17.

Waterwatch is a national community water quality monitoring network that encourages Australians to become actively involved in the protection of our waterways.

Waterwatch groups play an important role in determining the ongoing health of waterways and catchments through physical and chemical water tests, and biological and habitat assessments. Waterwatch groups can also assist in reversing damage to waterways through involvement in measures such as minimising contaminants entering the waterway, fencing and pest control which are designed to reduce or eliminate threatening processes.