Strat­egy sets course for City’s wa­ter man­age­ment

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An over­ar­ch­ing strat­egy aimed at guid­ing the fu­ture of wa­ter use and man­age­ment in Kar­ratha has been adopted by City coun­cil­lors

Last week, City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to adopt the Kar­ratha wa­ter man­age­ment strat­egy, a doc­u­ment that deals with all as­pects of lo­cal wa­ter mat­ters, from ef­fi­cient wa­ter us­age to flood­ing and drainage.

The guide in­cludes a sum­mary of cur­rent City wa­ter man­age­ment pro­ce­dures, pri­ori­tises ac­tions to im­prove them, and pro­vides a frame­work for fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

It has been adopted as an ad­di­tion to the City’s pre­vi­ous wa­ter ef­fi­ciency ac­tion plan.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the strat­egy was de­signed to pro­vide the ex­tra plan­ning needed to ad­dress a par­tic­u­lar set of lo­cal wa­ter is­sues, from the ev­ery­day to the large-scale.

“We need to en­sure we have enough wa­ter for peo­ple to drink and use around home, but we also know that flood­ing and drainage is­sues are sig­nif­i­cant is­sues around the City,” he said.

“This plan gives us a strate­gic frame­work for how we man­age our wa­ter re­sources in the City, which will be used to guide plan­ning poli­cies and de­ci­sion-making.”

Mr Long said the next step was for officers to work on the pri­or­ity projects set out in the strat­egy, build­ing on flood map­ping and drain­ing work al­ready done.

The strat­egy was drawn up with guid­ance from the Depart­ment of Wa­ter, and di­rec­tor of re­gions Richard Newman wel­comed it as an ex­am­ple of lo­cal gov­ern­ments in­te­grat­ing wa­ter man­age­ment within their wider lo­cal plan­ning work.

“This strat­egy is rel­e­vant to lo­cal is­sues and is tai­lored to lo­cal and sur­round­ing site in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

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