Lower Hunter Water Plan Interactive Map

  • Water Efficiency
  • Demand Management
  • Stormwater Capture
  • Water Recycling
  • Surface Water
  • Groundwater
  • Desalination
Hunter Water Regions

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

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Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

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Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining Schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

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Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining Schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

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Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining Schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

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Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining Schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Water Efficiency - Non-residential and Residential Water Efficiency x

Various programs (including education, audits and incentive schemes) to improve the efficiency of water use by both business and residential customers.

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Status   In all portfolios

Water Efficiency - Water Loss Minimisation x

Reducing losses from the water distribution system by active leak detection programs and pressure management.

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Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Water Wise Rules x

Simple, common sense actions that help conserve water. These are already in place in Sydney and the Central Coast.

Learn More

Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Drought Restrictions x

Applying restrictions when storage levels fall below a defined level. These generally focus on reducing outdoor water use.

Learn More

Status   In all portfolios

Demand Management - Voluntary Water Use Targets x

A way of encouraging further water conservation (including indoor uses) by setting a daily use target that the community is encouraged to achieve when drought restrictions apply.

Learn More

Status   In all portfolios

Stormwater Capture - Stormwater Harvesting and Use x

The capture of stormwater as a substitute for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigation of golf courses, parks and playing fields.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Stormwater Capture - Rainwater Tanks x

Rainwater harvested from roof areas of dwellings and other buildings and stored in privately owned tanks on site for non-drinking water uses such as garden watering and toilet flushing.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 3

Recycled Water - Greywater Use x

Involves separating and reusing the wastewater generated from washing machines, showers, baths and basins for uses such as outdoor watering.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Decentralised Recycling and Sewer Mining Schemes x

‘Decentralised systems’ involve the collection, treatment and reuse of wastewater at or near the point of generation. ‘Sewer mining’ is the process of tapping into a sewer to extract sewage, which is then treated and used as recycled water. In both cases, the recycled water could be used for non-drinking water purposes such as irrigating golf courses and playing fields or industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - DORA CREEK x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - BELMONT x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - TORONTO x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - EDGEWORTH x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - PAXTON x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - CESSNOCK x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - KEARSLEY x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual reticulation - KURRI KURRI x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - SHORTLAND x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - FARLEY x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - MORPETH x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - BURWOOD BEACH x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - RAYMOND TERRACE x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - TANILBA BAY x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - BOULDER BAY x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - BRANXTON x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - KARUAH x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - CLARENCE TOWN x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Dual Reticulation - DUNGOG x

Involves supplying recycled water through a separate pipe network for uses such as toilet flushing, outdoor watering and industrial applications.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Recycled Water - Industrial Use of Recycled Water - KOORAGANG ISLAND x

Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme will be commissioned by December 2014 and produce nine million litres of recycled water a day suitable for industrial use. An option is to supply additional industrial customers with recycled water for uses such as dust suppression, cooling water and washdown, thus reducing the demand for drinking water.

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Status   The base case includes 9 ML per day from 2015

Surface Water - Inter-regional Transfers - LOSTOCK DAM x

The potential to purchase water from Lostock Dam and transfer it to the lower Hunter is under investigation, along with potential enhancements to the system. The volume of water available from this dam is currently not used to its full capacity.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 5 and 6

Surface Water - Inter-regional Transfers - CENTRAL COAST x

There is an existing pipeline linking the Central Coast and lower Hunter water supply networks, allowing drinking water to be transferred between the two regions. The feasibility of enhancing the existing scheme to provide greater water security for both regions is being investigated.

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Status   In Portfolio 2, 3 and 4

Groundwater - Deep Tomago Groundwater x

A potential ‘emergency measure’ could involve additional bores to access deeper water from the existing Tomago groundwater source.

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Status   Not in LHWP

Groundwater - Lower Hunter Alluvial Groundwater Source x

A potential new ‘Hunter alluvial’ groundwater source is under investigation, near the confluence of the Paterson and Hunter Rivers.

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Status   Under investigation

Groundwater - Mine Water x

The feasibility of accessing surplus water that flows into coal mines near Lake Macquarie is at an early stage of investigation.

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Status   Not in LHWP

Desalination - Temporary Desalination Facility x

Small portable desalination units could be used as a temporary source during a drought. Potential sites are subject to investigation.

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Status   Included in Portfolio 4

Desalination - Emergency Desalination Facility x

A larger scale desalination plant could be constructed in a drought, but typically involves a long lead time for investigations, approvals, design and construction. The lead time could be reduced by undertaking ‘readiness activities’ in the shorter term, but any decision to construct a plant would not be triggered until a drought occurred.

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Status   Not in first LHWP

Portfolios Under Consideration: