The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a new online portal that captures publicly and privately owned recycled and desalinated water sources in Australia. The new portal called the Climate Resilient Water Sources will allow users to search information on capacity, production, location and use of these alternative water sources in their local area.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Bob Baldwin, said diverse and sustainable water sources are important to Australia’s water security.

“Climate resilient water sources play an important role in increasing our water security. They reduce the impacts of rainfall and temperature variations, or of long-term drought, on water availability,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Australia’s has a highly variable climate, increasing population and economic development, which means we need to be smarter in how we use our water supplies.

“Recycled and desalinated water sources are a way of meeting Australia’s water demands, either as part of large centralised supply systems or small decentralised schemes.

“For the first time the Climate Resilient Water Sources web portal will bring together a comprehensive map of recycled and desalinated water sources across Australia,” said Mr Baldwin.

Mr Baldwin said the Federal Government is committed to improving our national understanding of all water resources, including climate resilient water sources, through the Bureau’s Improving Water Information Program.

“Climate Resilient Water Sources is a valuable tool which will ensure recycled and desalinated water resources are factored into planning for Australia’s water future.”

Climate Resilient Water Sources has been jointly developed by the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination and CSIRO.

View the Climate Resilient Water Sources portal.

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