Wednesday 9 November 2016
RMCG Senior Fellow, Charles Thompson presents his research on water availability and variability in our region.
Water resource, regulation and policy
The most significant challenge facing GMW and our customers are the impacts of climate change and water availability.
The figures cannot be disputed. The delivery network was designed to deliver 2,500 GL of water each year and today at its peak delivers just 1,400 GL. There are further risks from competition for water in new markets and our business is further challenged by our aging infrastructure.
What sets our region apart is the $2 billion Connections Project that is creating a world-class delivery network in our region. No other region can boast this investment in infrastructure.
Our delivery network is also set up to ensure farmers have the flexibility to manage their needs. Farmers have the ability to buy water from outside the region and use it to grow their world-leading produce.
GMW's challenge is to ensure we have the services and infrastructure to allow our customers to take advantage of this flexibility. To ensure they remain in the region - or come back.
We've prepared a series of papers to provide our customers, stakeholders and communities with as much detail as possible on this important topic.