The Bundaberg Regional Council will work with the Queensland Government on regional water supply reforms.

The two parties say they are seeking new strategies to ensure continued provision of a regional water supply that can handle current and future demands.

A public document from both the council and the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) is in the works.

At a meeting this week, the Bundaberg council agreed to a request from DEWS to support the Bundaberg Regional Water Supply Security Assessment in partnership.

The report is part of WaterQ: Queensland’s 30 year water sector strategy.

“The Bundaberg region, as an identified state growth area, has been prioritised for early assessment which is important in providing information for the benefit of both levels of government as well as the local community,” council water and wastewater spokesman Alan Bush told APN reporters.

“The Bundaberg Water Supply Scheme has a total capacity of more than 380,000 megalitres of which more than 44,000 megalitres is high priority water,” he said.

“Currently we appear to have a very good margin of retained supply with annual distribution not exceeding 70% of available supplies in recent years.

“The availability of water for our domestic and agricultural needs into the future is a matter of high priority and I feel the knowledge that both state and local government are engaged in ensuring the preservation of supply is something that will sit well with the community.”