Total Water Cycle Management

Integrated water cycle planning

As water moves through our landscape it is trapped, stored, purified, treated, discharged, used and re-used - this is called the water cycle. In the past, specific elements were considered independently with no overall picture of the total water cycle, resulting in inefficiencies, market distortions and unintended negative impacts. To minimise these risks while maximising liveability, environmental and economic goals, appropriate decisions in planning, development and infrastructure are required.

We are working with government and community to help achieve more integrated water cycle outcomes by developing guidance, participating in reform processes and supporting proactive and collaborative water cycle planning by local and state government.

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