• Today is World Water Day, with the theme Water and Sustainable Development
  • Community encouraged to reduce water use and create a more sustainable supply
  • Water saving efforts in Perth have seen 105 billion litres saved each year

On March 22 each year, World Water Day is celebrated across the globe to recognise and celebrate the importance of water.

This year’s theme of World Water Day is Water and Sustainable Development.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the drying climate and rapid population growth in areas across Western Australia meant planning for ‘Water and sustainable development’ had been under way for many years.

“World Water Day is the perfect time for West Australians to consider reducing their water use to become waterwise and help create a more sustainable water supply,” Ms Davies said.

“There is no better demonstration of ‘Water and sustainable development’ than the State Government’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme in Craigie.  Groundwater replenishment will not only provide a climate-independent water source, it utilises recycled water - providing a sustainable supply which can increase with population growth.”

The Minister said the efforts of West Australians to reduce their water use could not be underestimated.

“Over the last decade, water saving efforts in Perth have contributed about 105 billion litres of water saved each year, which is the equivalent of the total output of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant in Binningup,” she said.

“Today, I ask everyone across our great State to take the time to think about how you can help contribute to a more sustainable water supply by using less water.”

Water recycling also plays a key role in sustainable development, with about 21 billion litres of water recycled across the State each year.  This has increased by about 70 per cent over the last 10 years, saving precious drinking water.

Fact File

  • Construction is under way in Craigie on Australia’s first Groundwater Replenishment Scheme which will initially be able to recharge 14 billion litres of water each year
  • Groundwater replenishment is the process by which secondary treated wastewater undergoes advanced treatment to produce recycled water.  The water is recharged to an aquifer for later use as a drinking water source
  • For more information on ways to save water, or to read the Water Corporation’s Water Forever plans, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/

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