Directory : Water Directory 2014
WATER DIRECTORY 2014 AUSTRALIAN WATER INFORMATION AND STATISTICS • Accessing supplies from innovative sources such as recycling and stormwater (76%); • Curbing the demand for water through education (58%); • Encouraging or requiring the installation of rainwater tanks (46%). The Survey also asked respondents to consider the three key things that could help meet the water requirements of the environment. The top three responses were: • Improve the ef ciency of consumptive uses (e.g. repair/upgrade irrigation systems (71%); • Invest more in research to understand the environment's water needs, particularly critical environmental assets (68%); • Ensure that the environment's high security entitlements are respected (53%). The Survey explored attitudes to three different water sources for differing uses: recycled water, stormwater and desalinated water for potable and non-potable uses. There is still strong concern in the industry about using recycled or stormwater as a potable supply source. Nine per cent of respondents considered recycled water suitable for potable use only, 39% for both potable and non-potable use, and 49% for non-potable use only. In response to stormwater, 10% considered it suitable for potable use only, 33% for both potable and non-potable use, and 53% for non-potable use only. Desalinated water was seen more favourably, with 60% considering it suitable for potable use, 33% for both potable and non-potable use, and 3% for non-potable use only. Changes over time With three years of data now accumulated, we have identi ed trends and gathered learnings on attitudes of respondents. One immediate observation is that the issue of sustainability or reducing the long-term environmental impact of the sector appears to have less importance than in previous years. Only 18% of respondents identi ed the long-term environmental impact of the sector as an issue in 2013, compared to 22% in 2012 and 42% in 2010. This could be a result of recent more normal rainfall levels and, therefore, a reduction in water utilities' focus on water ef ciency. It is also consistent with broader community concerns about the environment and climate change, which have abated somewhat in recent years. Another overall theme is that concerns about skill shortages have almost halved. This is likely to be due to a reduction in demand for additional staff (perhaps as a result of moves to improve operational ef ciency) as well as a greater availability of skilled labour with the easing of construction activity in the mining industry. What is the sector doing well? As noted, there was overwhelming agreement that the sector was effectively addressing the issue of security of supply, with 56% of respondents agreeing with this. The second most effectively addressed issue is ensuring sewage is effectively treated and disposed of (37%). Sewage treatment and disposal has been a 'sleeper' issue in the sector in the last 10 years, in part re ecting the focus on water supply, but also re ecting sound performance in this area. In general, and particularly in major cities, compliance with treatment and disposal requirements has been consistently high. Tasmania was the only state where concerns were raised about sewage treatment and disposal.
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