Great Southern Water Strategy
Project Status: In progress
Great Southern regional water supply strategy provides a blueprint to meet a forecast water use increase of 75 per cent by 2043 and covers three main planks:
- More wastewater recycling
- increased stormwater harvesting
- sustainable groundwater.
The increase in demand will be driven by:
- population growth in Albany, Denmark and Katanning
- new iron ore and gold mining developments
- expansion of industry and irrigated agriculture
- decreased rainfall.
The Department of Water developed the strategy to ensure co-ordination and timely planning of sustainable water supplies that support long-term regional development.
The Great Southern region has the highest level of wastewater recycling in the State, and this is supported by an investment of $1.65 million in Royalties for Regions, through two Country Local Government Fund projects:
- Waste Water Re-use project - $987,800
- Storm Water Harvesting project - $662,860.
These projects were delivered by the Southern Link VROC group consisting of the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Plantagenet, Kojonup and Cranbrook.
Royalties for Regions is supporting the agricultural development in the region by identifying and assessing new groundwater resources to meet current and future water supply needs and ensure the long term sustainability.