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Examples of jobs involving water:
Fire fighter, farmer, cleaner, plasterer, construction worker, park maintenance personnel, gardeners, reticulation experts, food manufacturers, miners, cooks, geologists.
Engineering in particular is highly involved with water. Here are some relevant engineering fields:
Agricultural engineers: conserve and develop the world's natural resources such as soil, water, land, rivers and forests.
Building services engineers: design heating, air-conditioning, electric lighting and power, water and gas supply, plumbing and drainage systems.
Chemical engineers: chemical engineering is concerned with the ways in which raw materials are changed into useful and commercial end products. Engineers working in this field may specialise as combustion engineers, petroleum engineers, principal chemical engineers, smelting engineers, water treatment engineers or environmental engineers.
Civil engineers: work with all types of structures including dams, bridges, pipelines, roads, towers and buildings. They are responsible for the design and construction of all our transport systems, the design and management of our gas and water supply, sewerage systems, harbours, airports and railways.
Hydraulics engineers: hydraulics (Water) Engineering involves planning and organising how water is provided and removed both for large and local schemes. Hydraulics engineers also deal with the treatment of waste from industry, the control of rivers and floodwaters, the protection of the coastline and careful planning of harbours.
Environmental engineers: protect the environment by assessing the impact a project has on the air, water, soil and noise levels in its vicinity.
Resource engineers: development and efficient use of natural resources and the management of the environment in rural areas. This includes the development, conservation and control of water resources.
High water users in industry
Agriculture is the largest user of water in the state and worldwide. Water is used to produce crops such as grains, fruit, vegetables and wine grapes for domestic and livestock purposes.
The resources sector is the next largest user of water and underpins the WA economy. The resource sector uses large quantities of water in the extraction and refinement of minerals such as iron ore, diamonds, gold, nickel, alumina, mineral sands and energy products such as oil, gas and coal.