Water conservation and demand management
Appropriate urban water conservation and demand management are essential for ensuring efficient use of our valuable water resources and is a requirement of the NSW Best-Practice Management of Water Supply and Sewerage Framework (PDF 136 KB). Water conservation is also a requirement of the Water Management Act 2000 and is part of the National Water Initiative.
The NSW Office of Water strongly encourages local water utilities to prepare and implement a cost effective water conservation and demand management plan as part of their Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) strategy. This involves understanding the nature of the demand and implementing appropriate measures to encourage efficient water use and minimise wastage, including active intervention (eg. rebates for water efficient appliances), water pricing reform, community education and leakage reduction.
The implementation of a cost effective water conservation and demand management plan will deliver significant environmental and social benefits and will assist in providing a sustainable water supply. It can also reduce the typical residential bill by avoiding the need for investment in new capital works and by reducing operating costs.
For more information, or to discuss any aspect of drought management, contact your nearest regional urban water officer.