Ballarat is a historic city with a long-term plan to become greener, more vibrant and connected. Careful management of the regions water resources is required to achieve this vision and respond to the growing pressures of climate change and population growth.

To support Ballarat through this process Central Highlands Water (CHW), Ballarat City Council and the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) have released the regions draft Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP). 

The IWMP investigates how to provide for the city’s water requirements for the next 50 years and was led by E2Designlab with support from RMCG and Esther Kay (of Environment & Land Management Pty Ltd). The plan delivers on broader liveability and community benefits by considering the whole urban water cycle, including management of stormwater, wastewater, water supplies and waterways.

In response to the launch, Central Highlands Water Chair, Jeremy Johnson said, “This leading and innovative Victorian regional city IWMP will continue to drive efficiencies in water usage and support maintaining the strong long term water security outlook. This plan will allow all water agency partners to more effectively manage and adapt to climate change and population growth.”

The Integrated Water Management Plan and Public Summary are available for public consultation until Thursday 30 November 2017.

E2Designlab is very excited that this project has been nominated for the Program Innovation category at the 2017 Australian Water Association Awards, Victoria.