Total Water Cycle Management
The management of urban stormwater, sewage and trade waste are key Local Government water quality policy, planning and investment areas. The EPP Water requires specific Local Governments to undertake this responsibility within a total water cycle management (TWCM) context.
The TWCM concept addresses the different elements of the water cycle within an urban area and its catchment, advancing a whole system approach to the management of water—whilst enhancing and protecting the environmental values of receiving waters. Examples include reducing demands for new and existing water supplies (such as incentives to lower consumptive rates and re-using stormwater) and reducing the disposal of pollutants (such as re-using waste water and managing sediment production on construction sites).
Local Governments in South East Queensland are required to develop and commence implementing their total water cycle management plans by the 30 June 2013; and those in major Queensland regional centres (population greater than 50,000) and smaller centres (population 25,000 to 50,000) by 30 June 2014. There are no requirements for smaller local governments.
Download the TWCM Planning Guideline for SEQ Local Governments or contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68) to obtain a CD containing the guideline, or for further information.
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