This link will take you to the Australian Government’s environmental website. The main focus of this specific website is all things water in Australia, ranging form legislation and reform to information about water in throughout all of the country. This website is great for looking at the legal side of water management and how the government is handling different problems that it is facing.
The Warragamba Dam is one of the largest domestic water supply dams in the world and supplies Sydney with about 80 percent of its water. It was built in response to a population boom after World War I and the worst drought in recorded history. To learn more about the dam and why it was built, click on the link above!
This is a link that will take you to the National Water of Commission (NWC) of Australia. The NWC is “Australia’s independent voice on national water issues,” which means they are responsible for helping national water reform and advising the government on water issues. On the website, you can find information on their current work such as how they assess and monitor water reform.
In Western Australia, people have turned to climate independent sources such as desalination to get water. In 2006, Perth became the first Australian city to operate a seawater desalination plant. Almost half of Perth’s water needs are supplied by two seawater desalination plants, one in Kwinana and the other in Binningup. By using a desalination process to obtain water, they have reduced the city’s vulnerability to droughts.