A range of water security assessments began in early 2014 in response to the changes and challenges facing the Queensland water sector. A partnership between the Department of Energy and Water Supply and local government has developed the assessments to help build a shared understanding of the water supply challenges ahead and better position water service providers to deliver secure supplies. The program publishes reports with up-to-date information on the security of water supply systems for regional urban centres across the state.
The program will guide decisions on regional growth and water supply capability. The LGAQ is on the program steering committee to ensure assessments and reports are useful to local government.
Four assessment reports for Cairns, Townsville, Hervey Bay and Maryborough have been completed and published on the Department’s website. Assessments are currently underway for Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Bundaberg, Mackay, Whitsunday, Charters Towers, Gladstone and Gympie.