Moree Plains Shire Council undertakes annual water audits of their supply operations, and by implementing programs to identify and contain inefficiencies. Such programs include leakage management, meter accuracy testing and enforcement against unauthorised consumption of water.
Losses in water operations occur in two distinctly different manners. Apparent losses occur due to customer meter inaccuracies, billing system data errors and unauthorised consumption. These losses cost utilities revenue and distort data on customer consumption patterns. Losses also occur as real losses or water that escapes the water distribution system, including leakage and storage overflows. These losses inflate the water utility’s production costs and stress water resources since they represent water that is extracted and treated, yet never reaches beneficial use.
A long term, sustained focus on using less water is central to living with less rainfall and becoming climate resilient.
Benefits of using less water:
It’s better for the environment. Using less water minimises the amount of groundwater we have to extract and our energy use associated treating this water and pumping.
It defers the costs of investing in new water sources and infrastructure and the price increases which come with this.
How does Council promote water efficiency?
Water is a scarce resource, which makes water efficiency everyone's business.
Moree Plains Shire Council pursues a number of activities to improve water efficiency in Moree and villages. Such activities are guided by the Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy. The Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Strategy is the strategic plan which guides and prioritises actions regarding Council’s management of the urban water supply, sewerage and stormwater systems.
In 2016, Council engaged consultants to conduct the eight-yearly review of the IWCM Strategy. This review includes a careful analysis of: