Community-led water management means maximising the benefits of the water resources, or “ecologics”, for landowners and the whole community.
This can be achieved through community supported utilities, dealing with a range of different environmental aspects, but inter-linked because of the holistic catchment-scale hydraulic and nutrient model into which they are embedded.
Community supported utilities could for example:
- operate and maintain cost-effective reedbed wastewater treatment services,
- operate and maintain small-scale hydropower,
- maintain water management features such as seasonal flood attenuations,
- conduct silt retrieval for composting and nutrient cycling.