The effective provision of urban water supply and wastewater services is an important element of local government responsibility. Water security is considered essential for any economic growth in the Far North Queensland (FNQ) region. Whilst our region has significant rainfall, our ability to store water for urban use is reaching (or in some cases reached) capacity which will inhibit growth into the future.
The experience within the Industry suggests that a collaborative approach can provide significant benefits both directly (through skill sharing and improved economies of scale) and indirectly (via proactive and consistent engagement with State Government agencies and other stakeholders).
In 2014 the FNQROC Board directed the FNQ Water Alliance technical committee to continue the collaborative efforts and to improve the four keys areas of:
1) Strategic Asset Management
2) Regional Demand and Supply Assessment
3) Legislative Requirements (DWQMS and EMS)
4) Full cost pricing
To achieve the Board objectives members will work together to:
The FNQ Water Alliance was established in 2012. General meetings are held quarterly comprising of members of FNQROC. Representatives from Qld Water, LGAQ, Dept of Energy and Water Supply regularly attend the regional meetings.