At The Forefront Of Water Resource Management
Jon Stanhope today announced three key targets for managing water
more sustainably in the ACT, which will put Canberra at the forefront
of water resource management.
are part of the Government's new landmark policy on water, Water
ACT: a Draft Policy for Sustainable Water Management
we want to achieve a 12 per cent reduction in per capita use of
potable water over the next 10 years, and a 25 per cent reduction
by 2023," Mr Stanhope said.
on top of the 20 per cent reduction the community has achieved since
target is to increase the proportion of treated effluent that we
re-use to 20 per cent over the next 10 years.
only around 5 per cent is re-used, and the rest is returned to the
Molonglo River as high standard tertiary treated effluent. Meeting
this target will also contribute to reducing potable water demand.
target is to limit the amount of stormwater flow from newly developed
areas to the same amount that flowed before development.
targets are ambitious but necessary. We can achieve them, and at
a reasonable cost."
said these targets would meet the six objectives of the new water
policy. These are:
* securing a long-term, reliable source of water for the ACT and
* increasing the efficiency of water use;
* promoting the development and implementation of an integrated
regional approach to ACT/NSW cross-border water supply and management;
* protecting the water quality in ACT rivers, lakes and aquifers,
to maintain and enhance environmental, amenity, recreational and
designated use values and to protect the health of people in the
ACT and down river;
* incorporating water sensitive urban design principles into urban,
commercial and industrial development; and
* promoting and providing for community involvement and partnership
in the way we deal with our challenges, including the preparation
of the ACT Water Resources Strategy.
have understood the absolute importance of water for thousands of
years, but we still haven't learned to respect it," Mr Stanhope
thousands of litres of water do Australians waste every day?
said before that we are facing a water crisis here in the ACT. Although
this may sound alarmist, it is most definitely true.
levels in our dams are currently at 43 per cent, down from 57 per
cent last December. We are in stage 2 water restrictions, and it
looks like we will soon reach stage 3, which will mean no one will
be able to use sprinklers to water their gardens.
are that our current water infrastructure will only meet our demands
until about 2020, and it won't be adequate over this timeframe if
there is a lot less rainfall, if our population unexpectedly grows
and if our catchment yields decline as a result of bushfires.
to ensure we have a reliable, affordable supply of water. I don't
believe that building another water supply dam is the answer - the
financial, ecological and social costs are too high.
act as an entire community to change our behaviour and limit our
water use. We must also remember that we are part of a larger water
system and that people in the surrounding region rely on us for
their water supply.
to plan and manage our resources carefully, and this new water policy
will guide us in doing this. It outlines the broad direction we
are taking and our objectives, and sets targets for managing our
our three targets will place Canberra at the forefront of water
importantly, they are necessary if the ACT is to avoid the financial,
ecological and social costs of a new dam."
Copies of Water
ACT: a Draft Policy for Sustainable Water Management can be obtained
by calling 6207 9777 or online at: www.sustainability.act.gov.au/pdf/water_policy.pdf
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