Hello and thanks for having your say on your preferences for water supply and demand option types on the Central Coast.

There are many things we need to consider to ensure there will be enough water for the Central Coast into the future.

We want to better understand how you feel about the different options we are considering.

Before you get started, we strongly recommend reading through the options factsheets on the Your Voice Our Coast project page (located in the document library on the right side panel).

This survey should take approximately six minutes to complete.

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* 1. How open are you to Central Coast Council considering the following options?

  They definitely should be considering this option I am quite open to Council considering this option I am undecided I am slightly against Council considering this option They should give no consideration to the option
Water conservation (i.e. reducing everyone's demand for drinking water)
Dams and expanded river harvesting
Desalination (i.e. treating seawater for drinking)
Groundwater (i.e. extracting water from beneath the ground and treating for drinking)
Recycled water (i.e. treating and reusing sewage for non-drinking uses)
Environmental Flow Substitution (i.e. the addition of highly treated wastewater to a river to offset greater extraction upstream for drinking water purposes)
Stormwater harvesting (i.e. treating and reusing stormwater for non-drinking uses)
Water sharing between regions (i.e. transferring water across regions to where it is needed most)

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* 2. Are there any other comments you’d like to make about these options, or any other water supply and demand option types you'd like us to consider?

Until recently, we had been considering recycled water mainly for industrial and irrigation uses as well as potential Environmental Flow Substitution.

However, as we develop the plan, we are starting to explore purified recycled water, which involves treating or purifying wastewater to a very high standard and adding it to existing raw water sources, such as dams or aquifers (groundwater). This water is treated again when extracted from the water source to ensure it meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

We’re keen to start learning more from our communities about their thoughts on the use of purified recycled water to supplement drinking water supplies.

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* 3. How open are you to Council considering adding purified recycled water to existing drinking water sources to supplement supplies?

Rainwater tank subsidy
Council would like to know your opinion and preference on a potential Council-subsidised scheme to encourage our customers to invest in a rainwater tank for their property.

Rainwater tanks can have environmental and financial benefits as we capture natural rainwater to use on our properties, rather than letting it become surface run-off. Using the captured rainwater also means that you are saving valuable drinking water for other purposes.

We would like to know how much you might be willing to contribute to a 5 kilolitre rainwater tank installation (including pumps and connections), out of your own pocket - after Council’s subsidy.

Costs vary from site to site, but a standard residential installation (including pumps and connections) is around $4,000 - $7,500 depending on whether it is connected for internal or external use, proximity to existing plumbing and electrical connections and restoration requirements.

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* 4. For your property and usage, which would you prefer? 

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* 5. How much would you be willing to contribute for a tank that is connected internally and externally?

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* 6. How much would you be willing to contribute for a rainwater tank that is only connected externally?

50% of survey complete.