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Annual Water Outlook for 2018/19

6 December 2018

Western Water customers are being encouraged to shorten showers, check for dripping taps and leaks and use water wisely in the garden after consumption increased by 11% in the past year.

Western Water General Manager Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, says the simple water saving actions were part of the voluntary water efficiency program - Target 155, and had the potential to make a big difference to home water consumption.

The 11% increase has been reported in Western Water’s Annual Water Outlook for 2018/19, released today.  

Mr Holt says every year Western Water and other Victorian water corporations provide a snapshot of their region’s water supplies and the actions to be undertaken to maintain supply. 

“The Outlook reports an even chance of above or below average rainfall for December 2018 to February 2019 with supplies sourced through a mix of sources, including local reservoirs, groundwater and the Melbourne system. Recycled water is also used to support the regions recreational spaces and agriculture. 

Some customers in the region will experience a change of water supply over summer – this is part of normal operations as Western Water best manages available water resources to meet supply. 

Mr Holt says climate change, population growth and increasing demand for water means that we need ensure we protect the security of our water supplies.

Mr Holt says Western Water is well-positioned to meet the dual challenges of climate and population growth but we need the community to remain vigilant in saving water where possible.

“We are investing in projects that maximise use of our water supplies however we also rely on our customers to use water efficiently.” 

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