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Climate Resilient Water Sources

www.bom.gov.au/water/crews

Crews - 2 Seqwater

What is Climate Resilient Water Sources?

Climate Resilient Water Sources is an interactive web portal presenting information about the location, volume and use of recycled and desalinated water in Australia. It provides comprehensive mapping and information from more than 350 sites, in both public and private ownership and operation. The portal informs the Australian community, government and water industry of how alternative water sources contribute to securing water supplies for residential, industrial, mining, commercial and agricultural needs.

How does it work?

To explore recycled and desalinated water sources in Australia, you can access detailed information from multiple tabs. Easy-to-use filters let you visualise data on capacity, production, water sources and use—at national or State and Territory scales. You can understand more about individual sites by panning across the interactive map, including information on road and river networks, or view a table with plant details. You can download the full dataset for further use and analysis, or contribute to our developing dataset with information about your plant.

Why is it important?

Alternative water sources form part of the Australian water supply picture for long-term water security. Climate resilient water sources such as desalinated or recycled water play an important role, lessening the direct impact of climate variability on water availability. There are now hundreds of recycled and desalinated systems of different sizes around Australia providing water for farming, irrigation, heavy industry, waterway health and drinking. The Climate Resilient Water Sources portal improves our understanding of alternative water sources so they can play an even greater role in urban and regional water security and supply.

Crews - 1 Southern Seawater Desalination Plant, courtesy Water Corporation

Who can use it?

The Climate Resilient Water Sources portal is publicly available on the Bureau’s website and anyone can use it—water authorities and their customers, natural resource managers, regulators, government agencies, policy makers and consultants. For example, it can be used to track and benchmark alternative supply goals and performance indicators, such as effluent reuse targets. It offers the ability to identify potential alternative water supply sources that could meet the needs of industry and agriculture. It can also show existing plants that are underutilised and potentially open the door to future sharing of infrastructure between users.

What is the Bureau’s role?

Climate Resilient Water Sources is jointly developed by the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination and CSIRO. The Bureau’s Improving Water Information Programme is building a comprehensive and reliable picture of Australia’s water resources to support policy and planning. The Bureau is the lead national agency responsible for the collection and dissemination of water data, including information about groundwater, surface water and alternative water resources. Further Bureau of Meteorology water information products can be found at www.bom.gov.au/water/crews