Traditionally, mains water supply, groundwater, wastewater and stormwater have been managed as separate systems. Council is seeking to adopt a more integrated approach to it's water management initiatives.
Integrated urban water cycle management looks at the way we use key water resources and the effects this has on the quality of natural resources and waterways. It seeks to close the 'water loop' by preventing wastage and pollution of water resources and re-using water wherever possible.
Existing water supply, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is ageing and the replacement costs to the community are considerable. The Adelaide urban growth boundary will reduce the need to extend infrastructure on the city's fringe. This is countered by the pressure population growth and urban infill will have on the existing network.
Today's water resource managers need to find solutions to water management challenges that protect the existing network system, benefit the environment and are socially acceptable.