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Integrated Water Cycle Management

Commission research paper


Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) refers to the management of urban water on a household or local scale. IWCM solutions include those that span the provision potable water, recycled water, wastewater and stormwater services.

As Australia’s cities face population growth pressures, many people see IWCM as a holistic solution that can meet a wide range of environmental, amenity and health objectives over and above those provided by traditional water services.

IWCM may be the most efficient way to meet these broader objectives, but who should decide which projects are worth pursuing and how should they be funded?

Objectives of the study

This study will set out a framework for IWCM decision making. It will look at how policy settings shape decisions for investing in IWCM and the roles for Government in facilitating the efficient delivery of projects.

Expected release date

18 March 2020


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