Managing areas of high demand
Managing areas of high water demand within the Western Mount Lofty Ranges
It is important that water allocations are set at a sustainable limit to ensure suitable quality and volumes of water are available into the future.
In some zones in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges there is a high demand for water and the resource may be at risk through reduced water quality, inaccessibility or environmental impacts if action is not taken.
This is one of the reasons that metering is so important. Measuring water use across the region will enable the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to closely monitor water quantity to ensure its sustainability.
While allocations have not been reduced through the licensing process, the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 allows for placing conditions on use such as utilising different water sources at different times of year and restricting water allocations should any water resource within a management zone become too stressed and unable to sustainably meet demand.