The Lower Hunter Water Plan was developed by the Metropolitan Water Directorate in close consultation with Hunter Water, government agencies, stakeholders and the community. The plan was released by the NSW Government in 2014. Regular monitoring and review ensure the plan can adapt to changing circumstances and meet the ongoing needs of the lower Hunter community.
The Lower Hunter Water Plan sets out how we will ensure there is enough water to supply the people and businesses of the region, as well as how we will respond to severe droughts. It recognises the water needs for the lower Hunter’s future growth and prosperity, as well as the needs of the environment.
The lower Hunter’s water supplies are very reliable under typical climatic conditions, and will be able to meet the water needs of a growing population and business community in the medium term. However, the region is vulnerable to drought, because water storage levels can fall quickly in prolonged periods of hot dry weather.
The Lower Hunter Water Plan is a package of water supply and demand measures that incorporates the significant contribution of water efficiency and recycled water investments already in place and underway, and builds on these to ensure the region can withstand an extreme drought.