Water

Water is vital for our health and wellbeing, and for the liveability and economy of the city. As Brisbane's population increases, so does the demand on clean water, creeks and rivers and the need to introduce water cycle management solutions that are innovative and sustainable. Find out how Brisbane City Council is becoming a water smart city and how you can help protect our waterways including installing a raingarden, undertaking water smart actions or by getting involved in one of Council's creek catchment programs.

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International water conferences

Council is proud to be a part of several international water conferences, including the International Riversymposium and the World Water Conference and Exhibition 2016, which aim to share knowledge and ideas about water management.
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WaterSmart Strategy

Brisbane City Council's WaterSmart Strategy will help guide Brisbane towards the goal of becoming Australia's most sustainable, liveable and water smart city. Download a copy of the strategy. 

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Water Smart Homes

Being water smart means more than just water conservation. It is also about sustainable water use and the protection of waterways.

Norman Creek 2012-2031

The Norman Creek 2012-2031 Master Plan outlines plans to revitalise the Norman Creek catchment to help improve water quality and create more green spaces.
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Water quality monitoring

Council is monitoring water quality in Brisbane waterways. Find the monitoring results and also read frequently asked questions.

Voluntary Home Purchase Scheme

Council allocates funding to purchase residential properties which flood the most frequently. Find out about the scheme.
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Creek catchments program

Council has five Creek Catchment officers across Brisbane who work with local catchment groups to help protect our waterways.

Water supply and sewerage

Queensland Urban Utilities supplies water and wastewater services for customers in Brisbane.

Brisbane's Total Water Cycle Management Plan

Council and Queensland Urban Utilities endorsed Brisbane's Total Water Cycle Management Plan (BTWCMP) in June 2013. The plan will guide Council's management of our city's water resources.

Waterway Health Enhancement Prioritisation Process

The Waterway Health Enhancement Prioritisation Process aims to improve waterway health through a combination of Council projects.

Creek filtration systems

Council is investing $2 million between 2013-2016 to install creek filtration systems in catchments across the city to reduce pollutants in our waterways. 

Backflow

Parts of Brisbane may have been affected by backflow flooding during the January 2011 floods. Read about Council's investigation.

Stormwater and drainage complaints

Council can investigate water pollution complaints that result from items such as soil, sand, silt and mud that is discharged into our waterways and catchments, either directly or through roadside gutters and stormwater drains.

Water Sensitive Urban Design

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is part of Council's vision for a WaterSmart city. It supports an integrated approach to the planning and design of urban environments through sustainable water management supporting the liveability of Brisbane.