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19 August 2009
Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary Secretary for Water, today launched the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Report Card 2008-2009 showing that water consumption in residential Australia dropped by 12 per cent over the previous financial year.
"The WSAA Report Card highlights the achievements of the urban water industry in producing substantial water savings and improving efficiency. It shows that Australia is establishing itself as a world leader in managing urban water," Dr Kelly said.
"Among the priorities of the Rudd Government's $12.9 billion Water for the Future initiative is securing our water supplies - including the supplies of urban areas.
"Water for the Future is providing significant investment in programs to help secure water supplies for the current and future needs of our towns and cities."
Rudd Government programs including the $1 billion National Urban Water and Desalination Plan and the $254 million National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns are helping the urban water industry prepare or the impact of climate change and a future with less water.
"We are committed to supporting states and local communities as they identify and develop new sources of water that are less reliant on rainfall, including desalination, recycling and stormwater harvesting projects," Dr Kelly said.
"The WSAA Report Card highlights the Australian urban water industry's performance and provides information to help target future investments."
More information about Water for the Future grants and funding is available at: www.environment.gov.au/water/programs
More information about the Water Services Association of Australia is available at: https://www.wsaa.asn.au