As the driest inhabited continent, Australia has pioneered the best practices when it comes to management of water
The Last Frontier
According to Adam Lovell, executive director of Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), “We lead the world in [water resource management] except having stormwater properly incorporated into the urban water cycle.”
“Despite some councils experimenting with best practice stormwater management, many councils continue to face a number of technical, institutional, financial and social barriers,” wrote Grant Duthie, a writer from Melbourne studying the influence of Asia-Pacific cultures on Australia’s built environment, in an article published online by Sourceable.
“Despite some state government opposition, there is a great case for making stormwater resources that hit the ground on the property of local councils.”
“This could incentivise councils to treat, harvest and sell water resources to industries or direct to citizens for non-potable uses,” concluded Grant Duthie.
Andrew Allan, President of Stormwater Australia, said stormwater infrastructure is “probably a public good type investment” because it is not clear who owns the stormwater resource and who benefits from it.
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