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Onkaraparinga draft Water Management Strategy available for comment

March 26, 2008

Water Futures, the draft water management strategy for 2008-2013 for Onkaraparinga (Australia), is available for public comment.

Water Futures provides the strategic framework for Onkaraparinga’s management of all water resources – main’s water, surface water (including stormwater), groundwater and wastewater.  It also includes the delivery of the Water Proofing the South initiative.

The objectives of Water Futures are:

  • To conserve water;
  • To protect water quality (surface and groundwater);
  • To reduce reliance on water sourced from the River Murray;
  • To protect water dependent ecosystems (including coast and marine); and
  • To promote economic development opportunities.

Copies of the draft and feedback forms have been made available at local libraries, community centres and offices, as well as other locations.  Additionally, a community consultation forum has been set for 16 April 2008.

The Onkaraparinga Council will consider the final draft, revised following feedback, in June 2008.

ICLEI has an international freshwater Water Campaign that aims to build the capacity of local governments to reduce water consumption and improve local water quality.  For more information on ICLEI’s Water Campaign in Australia, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania/water.

Onkaraparinga is one of 111 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  For more information on ICLEI and its activities in the Oceania Region, please visit www.iclei.org/oceania.

Source:  Water Futures on the Onkaraparinga City website at www.onkaraparingacity.com.