Seqwater is developing a 30-year plan to meet South East Queensland’s future water supply needs.
The first phase of scenario analysis is now complete and will form the basis of a region-wide community engagement program, Water for life – South East Queensland’s water future 2015-2045.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said Version 1 of the Water Security Program was available to view online.
Mr Dennis said the community would play a significant role in developing the region’s long term water plan.
“Our initial assessment has shown that our current water infrastructure combined with high water security means no new water sources should be required until beyond 2030. This means no decision on future water supply infrastructure options should be needed for at least 10 years,” Mr Dennis said.
“We have an unprecedented opportunity to engage with water consumers to ensure the region’s long term water plan reflects community views and values.
“The good news is that, together, we have time to choose the right water supply future for our region. I encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.’’
The first phase of the Water for Life engagement program is now open.
Seqwater is seeking community feedback on how it values water as well as what factors, like cost or the environment; Seqwater should take into account when assessing future water infrastructure options.
South East Queenslanders can have their say by registering online.
Mr Dennis said South East Queensland was a region of weather extremes and presented a complex challenge for long term water planning.
“This is a region which has had recent experience with both large floods and long droughts. Climate predictions show the weather will become more variable. The Water Security Program must be adaptable these variables, including being able to respond to and reflect community views and values as they evolve.”