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Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy

Wilson River
Comboyne Village

In order to adequately plan for the future, the NSW Govenment encourages local water utilities (Councils) to undertake a comprehensive review of their water and sewer undertakings every eight years.   This process is called Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) and leads to a formal summary outlining the long term plan for water and sewer schemes.

Council’s IWCM Strategy is in the final review stage, and once completed, will be presented to Council for consideration prior to Public Exhibition for comment.  Following exhibition and consideration of comments received, the IWCM Strategy will be adopted by Council and will be the longer term strategic document for water and sewerage.

From a water supply perspective, the process has required a comprehensive review of historical and current demands, projected population trends, current and projected water supply demand, projected water source yield, future infrastructure needs and future financial requirements in order to fund new infrastructure and to maintain the existing system.

Similiarly, with the sewerage schemes, Council reviews the current situation, then applies the longer term projects for development, and population and demand on the system, to establish what future needs will be.  Longer term infrastructure needs are considered and the long term financial model is then developed.

Completing an Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy is a lengthy process, however Council understands the importance of long term planning to meet the needs of the community for the future.  An update and communication will occur in September 2020, followed by a public exhibition and engagement in April 2021.

Our IWCM Strategy is anticipated to be adopted in mid 2021.


This page was last updated on: 15 May 2020