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Water Security for the Central Highlands Region

Central Highlands Water (CHW) has produced its latest annual water outlook that summarises the assessment of the water supply and demand situation across the Central Highlands region over the next 12 months.

Central Highlands Water’s Managing Director, Mr Paul O’Donohue said, “Despite below average rainfall conditions over the past 12 months in our region, our water resources remain in a good position.”

“We understand from talking with our customers, that a secure and reliable water supply is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of our communities,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“Caring for our communities and the environment involves CHW’s active assessment of water supply systems throughout the region, taking into account long-term climate change and, population growth projections, as well as short-term seasonal outlooks,” he said.

In communicating with our communities, CHW continuously refers to The Bureau of Meteorology updates on weather conditions and it is anticipated that it will be drier and hotter this summer.

Working closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning; Catchment Management Authorities; local governments; and other water corporations, enables CHW to provide water to our Central Highlands communities.

CHW manages 15 separate water supply systems covering 9,275 square kilometres that fall within the local government areas of Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Northern Grampians, Moorabool and Corangamite.

Permanent water saving rules (PWSR) are a set of common sense rules that apply every day of the year to ensure we all use water efficiently. For more details on PWSR, visit www.chw.net.au/pwsr

For more information about our water supply, please refer to the Annual Water Outlook 2018 document and summary at www.chw.net.au/about-us/annual-water-outlook