Have your say

South Gippsland Water would like to thank the many customers and communities who shared their ideas and time with us to create our draft Urban Water Strategy.

The Urban Water Strategy is a regional plan to deliver quality, sustainable water and wastewater services for the next 50 years.

Community contributions have been invaluable in its development, particularly those of the South Gippsland Water Community Advisory Committee who provided clear advice on what our community values.

We’ve finished examining your feedback, and alongside robust, independent climate change modelling and infrastructure planning have prepared a draft Urban Water Strategy for your further feedback.

As a region we’re facing significant challenges. Our climate is warming and there will be less water available for creeks, rivers and our dams. Changes in the weather may also impact our wastewater systems.

Our growing population means we have to look now at how we might continue to provide you sustainable and affordable water and wastewater services into the future.

We believe the draft we have prepared reflects the views of you, our customers, finding a balance between security of supply and customer affordability.

Key findings of our draft Urban Water Strategy include:

  • Of our eight water systems, one needs immediate action to address water security issues, Ruby Creek, in Leongatha. The solutions may include alternative water sources or interconnection between existing systems.
  • Lance Creek, our biggest system servicing about 63 per cent of our customers, is secure today, but we are planning for tomorrow by using the security of the state water grid.
  • Wonthaggi Wastewater System needs continued upgrades to keep up with the growing population and provide for the future. We started upgrading this system two years ago and will continue in a staged manner.
  • Foster Wastewater Treatment Plant needs upgrading, to better protect our environment and maximise reuse opportunities.

You can read the draft Urban Water Strategy here: Draft Urban Water Strategy.

View our interim engagement report, South Gippsland Talks Water, here: South Gippsland Talks Water and our Drought Preparedness Plan here: Drought Preparedness Plan.

If you wish to comment on the strategy, or provide a submission, you can do so via email media@sgwater.com.au or by completing our survey.

Submissions close Friday 4 March COB.

South Gippsland Water Community Advisory Committee Terms of Reference