Lower Hunter Water Security Plan

The Lower Hunter Water Security Plan (LHWSP) is a whole of government approach to ensuring our region has a resilient and sustainable water future that contributes to regional health and prosperity and its supported by the community.

We have been working with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, key stakeholders and the local community to review the plan and develop a program of actions for the next 40 years.

The first LHWSP, released in 2014, focused on the drought security of the region.

The 2014 plan set out how we will ensure there is enough water to supply homes, business and industry in the region, as well as how we will respond to drought.

Have your say

The public exhibition of the draft Lower Hunter Water Security Plan is now closed. Thank you to everyone who made a submission.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement (MERI) reports

As part of the implementation of the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan, a monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement (MERI) framework was established to assess performance against the plan’s objectives and while ensuring that the plan could be adapted to incorporate the latest knowledge, experience and technology.

Hunter Water works closely with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to gather the needed data and information to support the MERI process. A key focus of the MERI report in 2020 was a review of the plan during the drought. The report provides an overview of the actions undertaken as part of the drought response and reflects on the key findings and lessons learned. The Lower Hunter Water Security Plan applies lessons learned from the implementation of the 2014 Lower Hunter Water Plan and recommendations from previous MERI evaluations.