National Water Week

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16-22 October 2016

As we all know, water is one of our most precious resources!!! The Australian Water Association is the national coordinator of National Water Week, with local initiatives hosted and promoted by local water associations and authorities.

In 2016 the theme is ‘Water - life - growth’. Through sound water practices and investment in all water sources, we can use water sustainably and ensure we have enough for future generations.


The vast majority of water accounting for over 98 percent on the Earth's surface is saline - or salty – water, principally in the oceans. But it is the freshwater resources, such as the water in streams, rivers, lakes, and ground water that provide people, and all life, with most of the water we need to live. Australia is the driest inhabited continent, with a limited supply of fresh water.

Water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of future generations. Awareness about the amount of water used in everyday tasks is the first step in developing a responsible approach to water use. 

It is the variability and volatility of water in Australia, rather than a general lack of water that causes our water problems. It is times like now, when the dam levels are up, that we should look at the long term by continuing to encourage sound water practices and investment in diverse sources of water – whether these be recycling, desalination inter-basin transfers or demand management.

As part of National Water Week, AWA is promoting community events and promotions for National Water Week through their website – contact AWA to share your event.



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