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PAGE 48 Water Directory 2013 AUSTRALIAN WATER INFORMATION AND STATISTICS Overview The purpose of this section is to outline relevant statistics and useful information about water in Australia. It is designed to be a reference tool for practitioners in the industry, and those wishing to learn more about water. Information is referenced throughout, but the major source documents and websites are as follows: • The Australian Water Association (AWA), namely the AWA/Deloitte State of the Water Sector Survey 2012: www.awa.asn.au • National Water Commission (NWC): www.nwc.gov.au • Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS): www.abs.gov.au • Bureau of Meteorology (BoM): www.bom.gov.au AWA/Deloitte State of the Water Sector Survey 2012 The 2012 State of the Water Sector Report, based on analysis of a survey of almost 2,000 water industry professionals, was released at the National Water Leadership Summit held in Canberra on 1 November 2012. This was the second time AWA and its partner, Deloitte, surveyed the industry to identify key issues facing the sector and participants' attitudes towards them. The first was in 2010 when a total of 1,164 individuals responded to the Survey -- a significant sample set that provided robust data. This year, 1,944 responses were received -- a 67% increase. Respondents included AWA members, government employees and Deloitte clients. Sector 'Soundness' In 2010, 62% of respondents thought the sector was 'very sound' or 'quite sound'. The industry should be pleased that despite persistent drought in the west, catastrophic floods in many other areas and controversy over rising prices and the value of desalination plants, in 2012 66% of respondents believe the sector is sound (Figure 1). Priority Issues Since 2010, there have been significant changes in the circumstances surrounding the water sector. The most important of these is the drought-breaking rain that was received over much of the country. However, the persistent dry conditions in most of Western Australia and parts of South Australia and the Northern Territory were also significant. It is perhaps because water security concerns have been alleviated, particularly in the east, that respondents feel that it is now time to 'stick to the knitting'. Whereas in 2010 the problem of ageing infrastructure was considered the fourth most important issue facing the sector, in 2012 "Maintaining and Improving Infrastructure" is cited as the most important issue. It is also expected to be the second most important in five years' time. While such a focus will be welcomed by many, it is of some concern that system maintenance is one of the issues respondents feel is being dealt with least effectively. Figure 1. How sound is the water sector in your State/Territory?
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