The Bureau of Meteorology has launched the Climate Resilient Water Sources web portal (CREWS), an interactive site providing comprehensive mapping and information of desalinated and recycled water sources for over 350 sites across Australia, both publically and privately owned and operated.
Users can access the portal to search information on capacity, production, location and use of these alternative water sources in your area.
This information will inform the Australian community, government and the water industry of the contribution that these sources make to secure water supplies for current and future residential, industrial, mining, commercial and agricultural needs. Diversifying Australian water supply is important to our long-term water security.
“We are delighted to have co-sponsored the CREWS project. It is a great pleasure to produce such an outstanding tool to help people understand the full diversity of Australia’s water sources” said Neil Palmer, CEO of the NCEDA. “The very clear data and presentation of the CREWS portal will provide easily accessible new insight to water supply facts that have previously been unavailable”
“The portal improves understanding of how climate resilient water sources can play a greater role in regional water security and supply” said Mark O’Donohue, CEO of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. “There are hundreds of small and large recycled systems around Australia providing water for farming, irrigation, heavy industry, waterway health and drinking. Before this project we didn’t know how much recycled and desalinated water could be produced in each state/territory, or how much was being produced each year – now we’ve got a better picture””
Climate resilient water sources such as desalinated or recycled water play an important role in increasing water security, lessening climate variability impacts on water availability. Either as part of large centralised supply systems or small decentralised schemes, they’re increasingly relied upon to supply or secure Australia’s water demands.
The Bureau of Meteorology is the lead national agency responsible for the collection and dissemination of water data, including information about groundwater, surface water and alternate water resources. The Bureau’s Improving Water Information program is building a comprehensive and reliable picture of Australia’s water resources to support policy and planning.