The South East Queensland Water Strategy (PDF, 5.9MB) was released on 15 July 2010. The strategy is a long-term blueprint for ensuring a sustainable, efficient and secure water supply for South East Queensland (SEQ) into the future.
The strategy was developed by the former Queensland Water Commission.
An annual report (PDF, 823.9KB) on the strategy provides a regular update on the strategy's implementation, and review the current planning assumptions.
Seqwater will develop a new Water Security Program for SEQ, which will replace the strategy. It is expected that this program will be developed by mid-2015. The Water Security Program will outline the arrangements and measures in place to facilitate the desired level of service objectives for SEQ. It will include information about operating the bulk water supply system, potential future bulk water infrastructure needs and drought response.
Seqwater will be responsible for reporting against the Water Security Program on an annual basis.
The desired level of service objectives specify the desired level of performance of the bulk water supply system, measured by factors such as the potential frequency of water restrictions and critical storage levels.
The desired levels of service are currently set out in the System Operating Plan (SOP) Version 5 (PDF, 373.7KB). SOP version 5 will continue to apply until a regulation is made prescribing the revised desired levels of service.
We are currently undertaking a review of the level of service (LOS) objective to provide for more adaptable and cost-effective water planning. To better understand community expectation, we are seeking your feedback.
We are particularly keen to hear how you feel about having more severe or more frequent water restrictions during drought. That is, to reduce the chance of needing to fund costly drought response infrastructure.
We have developed a discussion paper which provides information on water security planning in SEQ, the process of the LOS review, and the proposed changes.
Comments can be made on the proposed changes until 31 December 2013. We will then consider the submissions made and assess potential implications such as cost, before prescribing the new LOS in mid-2014.
Provide comments on the proposed changes:
Department of Energy and Water Supply
PO Box 15456
City East Qld 4002
Ph: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)