QUICK FACTS ABOUT WATER WORLDWIDE!
1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide
Around 700,000 children each year die from diseases to do with unsafe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation
Women spend around 5 hours walking for water every day
Access to clean water and proper sanitation is a basic human right but 1.8 billion people still lack access to safe water
Australia's Water Resources
FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA:
24 million people populate Australia.
In Australia, water supply is of good quality except it is also extremely vulnerable because there are the threats of droughts.
Australia’s main water supply comes from reservoirs, dams.
Our water resources are not evenly distributed amongst Australia.
Australia has the third highest per capita use of water in the world because it is a very dry continent.
Australia also has the world’s highest water storage capacity per capita.
The water supply in Sydney comes from Warragamba Dam which is about 65 km west of Sydney.
Warragamba Dam is Australia’s largest urban water supply dam.
The dam supplies water to around 3.7 million people living in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
ACCESS TO DRINKING WATER, IN AUSTRALIA
At a very high level as around 100% of Australian have access to clean and safe drinking water.
In Australia, the water is filtered (to a high standards) to ensure the water is safe to drink, straight from the tap.
Water is accessible to Australians through taps, bubblers, water bottles ect. where all the water is filtered thoroughly.
WATER RIGHTS, IN AUSTRALIA
Access to and use of water is governed by water rights administered by State and Territory government
There are many water access rights including water access entitlements, water allocations, riparian rights and stock and domestic rights
The Water Management Act 2000, says that there are three basic types of water landholder types in Australia and they include:
1. Domestic and stock rights - people who are owners of land which overlaps with water can take water, without needing a licence for household purposes or to water stock.
2. Native title rights - anyone who holds a native title can use water for personal, domestic and non-commercial purposes.
3. Harvestable rights - people in rural areas can collect water from runoff to store or use for farm dams.