In order to plan for a future in which there is enough – and good enough quality – water for human use, industry and the environment, we’ve started putting together regional demand and supply statements.
The statements are high level documents that provide a long-term (40 year) overview of how much water is expected to be needed (demand) and available (supply) in each of South Australia’s natural resources regions. The statements are part of the water planning process in this state.
Completed statements and annual reviews
Five demand and supply statements have been released to date including:
The Eyre Peninsula Demand and Supply Statement released on 15 April 2011 and followed by four annual reviews:
The Northern and Yorke Demand and Supply Statement released on 12 December 2011, followed by two annual:
The Alinytjara Wilurara and the South Australian Arid Lands Demand and Supply Statements released in December 2013, and the Kangaroo Island Water Demand and Supply Statement released in November 2015.
To find out the status of demand and supply statements in other regions, check out your local natural resources centre.
What do the statements consist of?
Included in each statement is the following:
- The state and condition of all water resources for drinking and non-drinking quality water
- A list of the major demands on water resources
- Likely timeframes for potential future supply gaps.
What if a shortfall is predicted?
One of the great benefits of the statements is that they can be used to guide the timing and nature of water management options if a potential gap in supply is identified. Long-term solutions will be based on a thorough understanding of the state of local resources and likely future pressures.
If a supply gap is found, an independent planning process will be triggered. Demand management and supply augmentation options to address any future supply shortfalls will be looked at. The process will be independent of any existing State Government processes, and will have local community representation.
Following a cost-benefit analysis, recommendations will then be made on how to address the shortfall in supply, including the possible role of government, funding options and opportunities to engage the private sector.