Increasingly empowered communities are starting to take local ownership of water management but we still have a long way to go.
It takes time to strengthen relationships and connections between all parties with an interest in water management. Getting everyone around the table from the beginning of the process helps establish trust and understanding. We’re continuing to develop these relationships both internally and externally with the ultimate goal of empowering communities to lead the water management process.
Water is a precious resource and we’re trying to get people thinking about how their actions impact upon the availability of clean and safe water for future generations. It’s important to reach people from all age groups living in both rural and urban communities. Testing out new methods of engagement is part of this ongoing process.
Communities want to see actual changes. Long-term changes, such as reducing nutrient levels, take time, so it’s vital to maintain a sense of progress through short-term action. This includes practical initiatives such as planting trees, fencing streams and installing water meters. Community outcomes are being put into practice as we work together to achieve short, mid and long-term goals.