Urban water strategy

The Urban Water Strategy is a 50-year plan that outlines the actions required to manage demand for, and ensure sufficient supplies of, drinking water across our service region.

The Urban Water Strategy is revisited every five years in response to the constantly changing outlook in the supply of, and demand for, water..

We are currently partnering with our community and regional leaders to design a new water future for our region, through the Water for our Future program. This program will inform the development of the next Urban Water Strategy, due for release in 2022.

Through the Water for our Future program, we are not just relying on our expertise. We want to draw on the insights, experiences and ideas of people from across our region to create a water future that harnesses the value of water to support liveable and prosperous communities and a healthy environment for years to come.

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The previous 2017 Urban Water Strategy, which replaced the Water Supply Demand Strategy 2012-2062, is available below.  Please note, some of the key assumptions underpinning this strategy are no longer current. For example, Barwon Water is no longer able to access water from the Barwon Downs borefield to supply Geelong and Colac.

Annual Water Outlook

Each year ahead of summer we also publish our Annual Water Outlook: a high-level overview of our supply systems’ capacity to provide sufficient water security in the short-term (looking ahead two years).