Water conservation and demand management

Appropriate urban water conservation and demand management are essential for ensuring efficient use of our valuable water resources.

We encourage local water utilities to prepare and implement a cost-effective water conservation and demand management plan as part of their strategic planning. 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 cost-effective 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.