Need for community to secure water in Australia

Changing attitudes: National Water Week aims to change the attitudes of people across Australia to place more importance on water use and security.

Changing attitudes: National Water Week aims to change the attitudes of people across Australia to place more importance on water use and security.

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There’s no doubt that the way we use water will continue to change and evolve over time but it’s also vital that there is a plan around water use.

Changes may come in the form of learning more about the importance of the resource or technological advances which will allow us to use less water on a day-to-day basis.

A high level of importance needs to placed on water use both in the community and in industrial areas with the prosperity of the national directly linked to the water supply.

A survey completed by the Australian Water Association in 2016 proved that industry in Australia is already placing more importance on water security and outlook than the community.

In industry 97 per cent of responders felt they needed to invest in water infrastructure compared to just 74 per cent of community members who would spend more to be water efficient.

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These results are critical to developing a sustainable outlook which will focus on the following areas:

  • Water use and efficiency
  • The price of water
  • Sources and types of water
  • The future of water
  • Water security
  • Business outlook

It is hoped these results and other research will be used as a guide to creating a sustainable water policy.

Change your water habits

How do you use water everyday? That’s what people are being asked to think about during this year’s National Water Week.

From the moment you get out bed in the morning you're bound to turn on the tap several times just to get ready for the day. Every October Water Week aims to raise awareness for the world's most valuable resource, water.

This year’s theme is  “Water – the Heart of our Culture” with people asked to think about the way water shapes their lives in terms of day-to-day life, recreational activities, natural world and community values.

From October 15 to 21 make an effort to challenge yourself in the way you use water everyday.

Making small (or big) changes to your habits around the house and at work can have a significant impact on the amount of water you use and in turn a positive impact on the environment and your water bill.

Just some changes which can be made around the home include:

  • Timing showers (five minutes is ideal to save water)
  • Change taps or fix dripping taps
  • Change shower heads to water saving ones
  • Upgrade the washing machine
  • Toilet upgrade

However, National Water Week is about more than just a few water saving tips.

It’s about changing attitudes towards water use which will in turn improve how people use water and encourage people to think about the resource in a more holistic way.

Starting conversations around water use is the first step to improving the way water is used both in the home, at businesses and in turn in the entire community.

National Water Week is backed by the Australian Water Association.

The association is focused on water security for all Australians and works hard to deliver solutions for the entire country.

Water reform in Australia have improved dramatically over the past two decades with benefits for  governments, communities and industries.

Water security focuses on meeting the water needs of communities across the country now and into the future on an economical, social and environmentally sustainable basis.

When determining water security four key areas are taken into consideration:

  • safe and affordable drinking water
  • water to support industry and agriculture
  • water management to create liveable communities
  • water to protect the environment

To read more on water security and discussion papers created around the topic go to the Australian Water Association website, http://www.awa.asn.au.

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