There are many events throughout the year in the district such as Coombafest, themed dance nights and shopping trips. Many of the social clubs organise fund raising events which the public are more than welcome to attend and a calendar of events can be found here.
This months events:-
Inviting you to have your say on the big decisions for our region’s urban water and sewer
The final survey in Our Water Our Future is now open.
As you are aware, this year MidCoast Water has been undertaking a 30 year integrated water cycle management plan titled Our Water Our Future. We have combined the results of community feedback with our technical modelling to come up with a long list of actions which we will take over the next 30 years to make sure our drinking water and sewer services are sustainable. These include continuing our rainwater tank rebate program, and our education programs; keeping our seat at the table on coal seam gas and mining issues; and helping our community to save water through a variety of avenues. However, there are still some big decisions to make which will have an impact on our region.
New drinking water sources
Modelling shows that even with high levels of water saving and a significant increase in rainwater tank use, we will be at a high risk of running out of water in the future. This is particularly the case for the Manning Supply. This is because we currently have comparatively small storages, and face increasing population, and increasing variability in our climate. The options which will give us this ‘secure yield’ are building new water storages such as dams; brackish water desalination; and indirect potable reuse of treated effluent.
The second area we would like you to consider is whether we increase the amount of treated effluent recycling. We have modelled some feasible actions to determine how much water we could recycle. The options are to leave it at the same rate as currently (25%); increase to 30% with more agricultural reuse from our Dawson (Taree) recycled water treatment plant; or increase to a maximum of 45% by increasing agricultural and urban public space irrigation. Recycling water for indirect potable reuse would allow 65% of effluent to be beneficially reused without directly releasing it to the environment.
The final thing we would like your opinion on is whether or not to provide water and/or sewer services to seven small villages in the Great Lakes which are currently unserviced. There will be cost implications for all MidCoast Water customers. The options are to develop the plan for servicing them (business as usual); to provide both water and sewer to all towns within 30 years; or to provide sewer only to all towns within 30 years.
There is a lot of information on each of the proposed scenarios available on our website, so you can make a truly informed decision. However, if you still have questions please send me an email. We are also able to provide a speaker for your group on request, or a tour of one of our treatment facilities. This survey closes on 26 October 2015.
Access the survey and more information at:
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