Position Paper on Water Efficiency: An Australian Water Association Position Paper
Great report released by AWA (Australian Water Association) on water efficiency.
You can read the report here.
The report speaks about the absolute necessity of water efficiency techniques to ensure water security for Australia, an arid continent. Rather than focusing on the supply side (e.g. desalination) the reports focuses on the measures of water efficiency as a more economically viable way to enhance water security. It mentions rightly that water efficeincy is always best:
“Water efficiency also makes sense in its own right and is worthwhile even when water security is not a goal; water efficiency can increase the availability of water for environmental, economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic purposes.”
The report also discusses the installation of smart meters in Australia to collect and analyze, in real-time, end user consumption patterns. In addition, it mentions Australian utilities installing data loggers at commercial water users’ premises to track their consumption patterns too. This data, mentions the report, is only worthwhile if it is used to continuously monitor and maintain the distribution network.