Climate Resilient Water Sources gets a data boost

Purple plumbing pipes ready to lay

Purple pipes associated with the Phillip Island Recycled Water Scheme, Victoria. Source: Westernport Water

Desalinated and recycled water are used around Australia to diversify and reduce the impacts of climate variability on our water supplies.

Climate Resilient Water Sources provides information on recycled and desalinated water sources across Australia. It details how much water can be and is produced, where it is and how it is used, to support integrated water management and planning.

The updated and enhanced Climate Resilient Water Sources dataset and web application:
  • now contains 510 (previously 360) plants—419 recycling and 91 desalination
  • has added data for 150 new sites—a 42 per cent increase in total sites and 56 per cent increase in recycled water sites
  • has updated data for 94 plants (a mix of plant and production data)—including production data for 2001–02, 2013–14 and 2014–15 where available
  • lets you view time series where data is available for more than one year.
The 91 desalination plants included in the dataset have a total production capacity of almost 880 GL per year—approximately equal to the combined annual water use of South East Queensland, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth. The 419 recycled water plants have an annual production capacity of 1073 GL, which is greater than the annual water use of Melbourne and Sydney combined.

Other enhancements being introduced later in 2017 will include:
  • the addition of additional climate resilient water sources, including stormwater
  • linkages with other data sources to automatically update data for key publicly owned facilities
  • support for plant owners to self-register sites and submit data online, and
  • standardised classification—based on water source rather than the treatment technology.
The data collected and presented through Climate Resilient Water Resources provides valuable information on the availability and use of all water sources and builds a comprehensive and reliable picture of Australia's water resources to support policy and planning.