ACT Water Strategy

The ACT Water Strategy 2014-44: Striking the Balance (ACT Water Strategy) sets out how the ACT Government will manage the Territory’s water resources over the next 30 years to meet our urban and environmental needs and regional responsibilities.

It covers the full breadth of water management activities in the ACT, including catchment management, stormwater and flood management, water supply and services, water for the environment, recreational water use and public health.

The strategy builds on the previous water strategy, Think Water, Act Water, and aims to deliver security of water supply, improved water quality and catchment health, and a ‘water smart’ community.

The ACT Water Strategy will provide a basis for ensuring the ACT Government can continue to support current and future growth, achieve desired environmental outcomes and be responsive to climate change.

The strategy contains three key outcomes:

  1. Healthy catchments and waterbodies
  2. A sustainable water supply used efficiently
  3. A community that values and enjoys clean, healthy catchments.

Strategy Implementation and Progress

Implementation Plan One of the strategy runs from 2014-2018.

report card was prepared in 2018 to show progress against Implementation Plan One.

Supporting documents

Think water, act water

The ACT’s previous water strategy, Think Water, Act Water — a strategy for sustainable water resources management (2004), aimed to improve water use efficiency, reduce water quality impacts, enhance ecological values in waterways and protect recreational and amenity value.

Think Water, Act Water was prepared and implemented during severe drought conditions. It guided significant changes, including increased security of water supply (for example, through the Enlarged Cotter Dam) and demand reduction through measures such as increased water efficiency measures and permanent water conservation measures.

A progress report on Think Water, Act Water was released in 2009.

A review of Think Water, Act Water was released in 2012 as part of a standard review process.