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Water planning

Water planning in South Australia is comprehensive and integrated to ensure long-term security. Three distinct plans ensure the sustainable management and use of South Australia’s water resources as well as the State’s long-term water security to support our economy, lifestyle and environment.

The plans include:

Better water planning and management

The department and the eight regional NRM boards have been working together to improve the governance arrangements and internal processes for water planning and management. This includes the development of the Five Year Work Plan for Water Resource Management, which has improved collaboration, work scheduling and prioritisation. 

The Five Year Work Plan for Water Resource Management provides an overview of the water planning activities across South Australia for the next five years, and is updated annually. The first work plan took effect from November 2014 and provided for the first time a common understanding of upcoming water resource management planning work across the state, including when future natural resource management planning, water allocation and licensing projects will occur. The Five Year Work Plan forms an important part of the program of improvements to water planning and management. The work plan is overseen by the Water Planning Steering Committee. 

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