Preparing Water Savings Action Plans
The NSW Government introduced legislation in May 2005 requiring high water users and local councils in Sydney Water's area of operation to prepare Water Savings Action Plans.
Water Savings Action Plans provide a comprehensive analysis of an organisation's water use and management strategies. Plans involve determining current water use, undertaking a management review, undertaking a detailed technical review and assessing and identifying savings measures.
Who needs to prepare plans?
A list of organisations required to prepare savings action plans was published as a Water Savings Order in the NSW Government Gazette on Friday 28 October 2005. It includes:
- businesses in Sydney Water's area of operations with a site using more than 50 million litres of water a year
- all local councils in Sydney Water's area of operations
- NSW Government agencies in Sydney Water's area of operations which use at least 50 million litres of water a year at a site.
- The organisations listed on the Savings Order are known as designated users
- Water Savings Order 2005
Guidelines for Water Savings Action Plans
Designated users must prepare Water Savings Action Plans according to Guidelines for Water Savings Action Plans (08594waterguidelines.pdf, 755 KB).
The Guide Notes provide more detailed, technical information on preparing Water Savings Action Plans. They answer frequently asked questions and include information on how savings action plans relate to existing or previous water saving activities.
Our water saving specialists are available to help designated users. For advice, technical support and information, call us on 1300 361 967 and ask to speak to the water savings specialist assigned to your organisation.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011