Sunshine Coast Regional District's Comprehensive Water Plan

Description:The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) required the development of a Comprehensive Regional Water Plan to assess the current state of its water distribution system and to forecast requirements for the next 25 years. Work included a drought risk assessment of the main source supplies, Chapman and Edwards Lakes, an evaluation of current treatment facilities, the transmission and storage capacity within its water systems, and the fire flow availability in the distribution networks. Work focused on the Chapman distribution system, which serves over 90% of the District, but also included 6 other small water systems in the SCRD. Existing demand management strategies in the SCRD have deferred past capital upgrades. However, many upgrades are now required and an intensive demand management approach is recommended to obtain additional time before critical upgrades can be implemented. With intensive demand management, i.e. universal water metering, our plan shows how the upfront cost of metering will pay dividends in deferring and reducing the overall capital plan in the next 25 years. Opus DaytonKnight has developed a municipal utility financial model, which incorporates the recommendations of the capital plan with the District's utility asset information to calculate the required water rate increases to fund the utility. Planning for adequate rate increases is critical for the long-term financial sustainability of the District.

Authors: Clive Leung

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Tags:AC14,2014 Annual Conference,SCRD,Water Plan,AC2014

Citation:Stream E. 5.4.

Publication Date:May 5th, 2014 Upload Date:Jun 30th, 2014

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