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The Ballarat City Integrated Water Management Plan

Central Highlands Water (CHW), Ballarat City Council and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) have released today for comment the draft Ballarat City Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP).

The plan assesses the entire urban water cycle to better position Ballarat in the future to address the challenges of climate change and population growth, while supporting healthy, resilient, liveable communities.

A number of short-term opportunities have been identified for improved water management outcomes to support the vision of the City alongside a range of options to better use stormwater and recycled water in the servicing of new urban growth areas in the City.

Central Highlands Water Chair, Jeremy Johnson said, “This leading and innovative Victorian regional city IWMP will continue to drive efficiencies in water usage and support maintaining the strong long term water security outlook. This plan will allow all water agency partners to more effectively manage and adapt to climate change and population growth.”

This plan was developed in collaboration between major project partners including the City of Ballarat, the CCMA and CHW, with the support of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Other important stakeholder groups who should be acknowledged for their support and valuable input during the planning and design process include, Committee for Ballarat, traditional owners, local land developers, engineering and planning consultants, volunteer groups, educational institutions and large water users.