Ongoing probe into desalination, recycling, flood harvesting

AN ASSESSMENT of the current water usage for the Fraser Coast will help form strategies to maintain supply in the future.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council endorsed the Draft Regional Water Supply Security Assessment for Hervey Bay and Maryborough at its meeting on Wednesday.

The assessment, presented in conjunction with Wide Bay Water, looks at the past rainfall and dam levels as well as providing options to how the region can maintain supply in the future.

Wide Bay Water regularly does assessments of the region's supply to plan for expected future population increases.

The report cites areas of ongoing investigation as including desalination of seawater, water recycling and flood harvesting.

In Hervey Bay, annual water usage is expected to rise from 4500mL in 2011 to 11,500mL by 2036.

Maryborough's primary water source is the Teddington Weir with a capacity of 3710mL.

The current supply is expected to be able to manage the population increase to 2036.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council would work with the State Government to ensure the region's future was secure.

"There is sufficient water supply for Hervey Bay and Maryborough needs well into 2036," Cr O'Connell said.

"Whilst there's no immediate urgency, it's good to have this document on the agenda."

But in the rural growth, an increased water supply would be needed to support MSF Sugar's planned cane extension.