Water Demand and Supply
Orange City Council has been investigating a range of options aimed at both reducing water consumption within the city as well as developing opportunities for diversifying supplies.
At the outset, the approach taken was not just to apply a short term solution to get through a water crisis in the hope that it would rain again and the problem would go away.
In contrast, it was recognised that a strategic solution was necessary, involving a large number of options if water security is to be guaranteed to the local community.
Demand management and system operating solutions have been developed. These include:
The SaveWater website
The council has also introduced best practice pricing, as well as water loss leak detection strategies. The Council has also worked with high water users to reduce their water use and installing water efficient devices across the city, as well as best practice pricing.
As a consequence of these and other initiatives, water usage in Orange dropped to less than 3702 mega-litres in 2011, from the highs of 7,100 mega-litres in 2002.
Demand management can only go so far and a range of major infrastructure projects have been delivered or are being investigated with the aim of delivering a sustainable supply for the city.