Water supports almost every part of our lives, but it can be expensive to store, transport, treat and manage. Infrastructure required to manage water is typically fixed and long-lived, so it is critical to get investment decisions right for users, communities, utilities, investors and the economy.
In this chapter, we examine the key trends impacting the water sector across urban and productive markets, and in different parts of the country.
We look at:
- Changes in urban water
- Sustainable water for liveable cities
- Water and wastewater in regional and remote communities
- Water oversight, regulation and decision making
- Balancing competing needs for water
Perth households consume 50% more water than Melbourne households