Water management in they Sydney catchment area

Essay by mentalmorrisonHigh School, 10th gradeC, July 2005

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The amount of water in the Sydney dams and the consumption by the Greater Sydney Metropolitan area is the main issue as the dam levels are at 40.8% in Warragamba Dam, which is our major water catchments supply. The Topic to address the issue is water Management.

Australia is suffering from a draught, which is the worst since the 1930's, combined with an exploding population in the Sydney basin, which has placed a higher than planned demand on the available water supply. The current situation was not foreseen and planned for 20 years ago even though Australia is known as the dry country.

Plus the catchments areas currently do not collect sufficient water for the current consumption and because of the low water levels, we are running out of water but we need water to live.

Areas of Responsibilities

Local council - Cannot water local parks, cannot flush streets clean, receive complaints from residents.

Regional - Rules apply across all councils; Issue affects more than just Sydney Council,

State - Can Will/loss the next election based on good or bad current or future planning.

National - As the drought is affecting the whole country, Sydney drives Industry and if it suffers then country will suffer financially.

At the TOP level this issue is at State government level because it involves them, if they fail, they will be voted out. Where as the lower levels such as Regional and Local councils may not be affected as much as they do not have the funding from taxes etc.

Affected parties

The Key interest groups are

· Farmers

· Households

· And Business's

Without water or restricted water use for the farmers they won't be able to grow plants or crops, which means no local food = import which affects the country's trade...