Urban water in Australia: future directions
04 October 2011
In April, the National Water Commission (NWC) launched Urban water in Australia: future directions to promote reform in the urban water sector.
The key findings of the NWC’s report were:
- >Further change is needed to institutional and policy settings in the urban water sector.
- >There are opportunities to improve service delivery and the focus on customers.
- >Current regulation of water quality, public health and environmental outcomes is not cost-effective and creates barriers to integrated water management.
- >Confusion about the role of the urban water sector in delivering liveability outcomes is stalling progress.
- >The lack of agreed objectives for the urban water sector is a fundamental barrier to change.
The Urban water in Australia: future directions report was an input to the NWC’s Biennial Assessment of the National Water Initiative (NWI) 2011which was launched on Wednesday 14 September.