Urban water account shows steady demand despite population growth

The Urban Regional Water Account for 2016-17, recently released as part of the National Water Account, shows that over the past year, while capital cities have been growing strongly, the urban water supply has remained stable.

The Account shows that:

  • Total water sourced by the urban regions was 2,478,200 ML, marginally less than the previous year.

  • Surface water made up 63% of total water supply, compared to 54% last year, and was the dominant source of water in all urban regions except for Perth.

  • Improved rainfall conditions in Adelaide and Melbourne meant there was more surface water available this year to meet demand, and less reliance on inter-region transfers.

  • In Perth, desalinated water supply increased for the sixth consecutive year due to low surface water availability.

The National Water Account covers about 75 per cent of Australia's population and 80 per cent of the country's water use. It is prepared by the Bureau of Meteorology in partnership with more than 40 organisations, including state and territory governments and agencies and water utilities.

More information is at http://www.bom.gov.au/water/nwa/2017/urban/index.shtml

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