National water reports chart industry performance

2014-04-03 01:36:04 | Al Muslim News
National water reports chart industry performance

 

Two National Water Commission reports on the performance of Australia’s water industry show that most Australians now have secure and safe water supplies. Commission Chair Karlene Maywald said, 'These reports demonstrate sustained improvements in water quality and delivery efficiency during 2012–13. 'The quality of Australia’s drinking water is world-class, with 78 urban utilities reporting 100% compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. 'Recycled water supply has also increased, with eight utilities now reusing at least 90% of their treated sewerage effluent. 'The rural report shows that delivery efficiency remains at a record high of 83%, due in part to gains from piping modernisation projects that have reduced leakage and evaporation losses. 'These annual reports help consumers and governments determine whether the water sector is meeting their needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner”, said Ms Maywald. 'By benchmarking the performance of utilities, they provide a catalyst to support industry innovation, improved service delivery, and efficiency gains.' The urban report confirms that water bills have continued to rise across the nation. This reflects rising operating costs, including the impacts of investments in infrastructure to diversify supplies. Water Services Association of Australia Executive Director, Adam Lovell, said 'the sector’s substantial investment in infrastructure improvements and water efficiency programs, as well as rainfall-independent sources such as recycling and desalination had been essential in securing supplies. 'This means Australians are entering a new era where many people can move past the days of restrictions and rely on diverse and robust water sources from water providers that are focused on efficiency; productivity and improving the liveability and health of communities.' These reports are produced each year to benchmark the efficient performance of water utilities – and to do so independently and publicly. The urban report provides data from 81 reporting utilities servicing 18.7 million Australians. It is prepared by the National Water Commission, all state and territory governments, and the Water Services Association of Australia. The rural report covers 11 rural water service providers and is produced in conjunction with state governments..

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