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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

front cover of report

The annual report comparing Australia's urban water utilities' pricing structures and service quality is now available.

Read more about reporting on urban water utilities' performance.


Summary of Water Information Programme achievements since 2007. For a description of these achievements, go to page 28 of the report at http://www.bom.gov.au/water/about/publications/document/progress_report2015.pdf
Water Information Programme achievements since 2007

Reflecting on 2015 in our latest Improving Water Information Programme Progress Report, we wanted to share some key achievements.

Read more about what we achieved in 2015.


Thursday, 3 March 2016

front cover of report

In March 2016 the Australian Government released a report developed by an interagency working group on water information, identifying a number of measures to reduce the regulatory burden and costs of providing water information.

Read more about streamlining water information reporting.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Map of Australia showing streamflow trends as discussed in article.
Streamflow trends identified through the Bureau's Hydrologic Reference Stations

Analysis of streamflow trends around Australia—using the Bureau’s Hydrologic Reference Stations—reveals just nine sites with an increasing annual streamflow trend, while 72 sites show a decreasing trend and the remaining sites show no trend.

Decreasing trends were also found in seasonal streamflow, high and low streamflow and groundwater discharge, except in the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.

Read more about Long-term streamflow trends.


Illustration of the water fluxes in the landscape water balance model, showing precipitation, evapotranspiration, shallow- and deep-rooted vegetation, three layers of soil moisture, runoff and deep drainage.
Modelled fluxes in the landscape water balance model

The landscape water balance is the sum of the hydrological processes that keep water moving through a landscape—recharging groundwater, filling streams and flushing water through wetlands. This water balance also determines how much moisture is in the soil—a vital input for seasonal planting and crop production decisions.

Nationally consistent information about the water balance and how it changes is essential for forecasting and managing Australia's water and making sure ecosystems are healthy.

Read more about Balancing water across the Australian landscape.


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