Moreton Bay Total Water Cycle Management Plan

Local governments in South East Queensland that contain over a certain population are required by the recently revised Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 to develop and start implementing a Total Water Cycle Management (TWCM) plan before 1 July 2012.

Background

Client: Moreton Bay Regional Council

Local governments in South East Queensland that contain over a certain population are required by the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 to develop and start implementing a Total Water Cycle Management (TWCM) plan.

Total Water Cycle Management (TWCM) planning aims to consider all elements of the water cycle to deliver the community’s needs for water in a way that optimises social and environmental benefits while minimising costs. This planning is needed to ensure that land use and infrastructure planning is environmentally sustainable, and to ensure reliable water supplies to cater for forecast population growth. 

Outcomes and Benefits

BMT WBM assisted Moreton Bay Regional Council (MBRC) to be the first Council in Queensland to commence the process of TWCM planning in response to this legislative requirement, by developing a TWCM Strategy for the region.

The Strategy produced by BMT WBM identified key water cycle management issues through a literature review and water accounting process, developed solutions to address these issues and used Multi Criteria Analysis to assist in the assessment and recommendation of catchment specific solution sets for further investigation in the detailed planning phase. 

Services and Expertise Provided:

  • Total Water Cycle Management (TWCM) planning;
  • Sub–Regional TWCM planning;
  • Urban water balance and water quality modelling;
  • Catchment modelling;
  • Receiving water quality modelling;
  • Wastewater Management Modelling (MEDLI);
  • Estimation of sustainable catchment pollutant loads;
  • Evaluation of solution and scenario performance;
  • Assessment of management scenarios using Multi Criteria Analysis;
  • Implementation/delivery planning; and
  • Councillor and key stakeholder consultation.

 

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