Level 2 water restrictions were introduced on 20 January 2020. Under Level 2 water restrictions all business owners are required to review their water usage and identify actions that can be implemented to improve water efficiency. The water efficiency management actions identified will then need to be incorporated into a business Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP).
The development and implementation of WEMPs in businesses across the Hunter will play an important role in realising water savings across our community. Businesses proactive in reducing their water usage will find they are also likely to save money on usage charges and energy costs.
We have already contacted our major and large business customers who use more than 10ML of water per annum to advise them of fulfilling their WEMP requirements under level 1 and 2 restrictions. With Level 2 commencing, we are now asking small to medium businesses who use less than 10ML of water per annum (such as cafes, restaurants, offices, hairdressers and salons, landscapers, nurseries and schools) to develop a WEMP ready for implementation if we reach Level 3 restrictions.
Developing a WEMP is a way of identifying how your business will save water. We can't control the weather, but we can control how much water we use. If we all change a little, we can save a lot.
To develop your business' WEMP in accordance with Level 2 water restrictions, please complete and lodge the form below. Included are a range of ideas for how businesses can save water. Please review these and select the actions that you have already undertaken and the actions that you will undertake within the next 12 months.
Once you have completed this form your WEMP is registered with Hunter Water. You will then receive an email from Hunter Water confirming the actions you have committed to undertake and the items that will comprise your WEMP.
Please note: If the drought progresses and Level 3 water restrictions are introduced, these actions will become enforceable. Hunter Water will provide reasonable notice prior to attending your business to review the implementation of your business' WEMP initiatives.