Let's Talk About Water - A Community Consultation on Future Water Security Options

Kentucky Dam Catchment Report

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AdaptNSW Article 

Read this article on ZNET’s journey toward Water Security in Uralla

Phase 1 Community Feedback

Visit the survey results webpage to see what the community told us during Phase 1 of our engagement.

Where does our water come from and go to?

Find out about where the town water supply is stored and how it’s treated.

Learn more about what your community is saying about water here: Let’s Talk About Water Survey Results



Uralla Shire is talking about water security

View or download flyer #1 Uralla is talking about water!


Where does our water come from and how does it get to us?

View or download flyer #2 Water Treatment


Why community values are important for water policy?

View or download flyer #3 Community engagement

How much can we save from improved water efficiency?

View or download flyer #4 Water Efficiency

Take our quick survey about water efficiency

How useful is water recycling?

View or download flyer #5 Water Recycling

Take our quick survey on water recycling

Do rainwater tanks help with water security?

View or download flyer #6 Rainwater tanks

Take our quick survey about rainwater tanks

Can we just put down bores to supplement supplies in dry times?

View or download flyer #7 Bores

Take our poll: How do you feel about bores to supplement town supplies?


In 2019/2020, the Uralla community experienced a water emergency. Much lower than average rainfall reduced the town water supply to just 100 days’ use, with the main storage dam falling below 25% of capacity.

Added to that was the complication of elevated arsenic levels in the remaining supply. While suitable for showering, washing and the like, the water was not safe for drinking or cooking.

From December 2019 to April 2020, bottled water was brought in and distributed by volunteers with the support of Council.

From this water crisis emerged discussions between farmers and rural landholders, shopkeepers, business owners, town-dwellers and the Council. ZNET Plus took a proactive role in bringing the community together to facilitate conversations with a view to creating a long-term collective plan for water sustainability.

Let's Talk About Water

In July 2020, ZNET Plus gained a $30,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Fund to further research and consultation with the Uralla community on water security.

The Let’s Talk About Water project seeks to undertake an informed, structured and broad community consultation to gauge community values for different approaches to secure water supplies, including recycled water.

The goal of the project is to deliver:

  • a deeper community understating of the water cycle and options for securing water supply
  • a feeling of empowerment that the community can act to improve water security
  • for our Council to take the best pathway to water security

Project Outcome

The project will produce a Water Consultation Blueprint for Uralla Shire which will allow Uralla Shire Council to explore technical options for water security with an understanding of community values.

Project Partners

  • UNSW Global Water Institute
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • ZNET Plus


Funded by the NSW Government

Upcoming Events

A series of focus groups, workshops and educational activities are planned over the next 12 – 18 months as part of the Let’s Talk About Water project. Visit the community activities page  and contact our Water Project Officer to register your interest.


  • Water Project Officer
  • water(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)zneturalla.org.au
  • 0474297790

Click to sign up to the water newsletter. You’ll also be given the option to register your interest in attending an activity.