The future of water is here

20 April 2023


Forty-two percent of respondents under the age of 25 in a national survey conducted by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and Arup, ranked climate awareness as the most important societal trend when it comes to the future of water as a resource. The peak association for water professionals and the independent consulting firm together have recently released The Future of Water – The Australian Context Report, which reports on more than 750 survey responses.

The survey highlights how individuals and communities across the country value and interact with water. Within the report, the AWA provides a tool for understanding the results and encourages everyone, no matter their circumstances or demographics, to register their opinion! The survey remains open so go ahead and register your opinion here.

Some of the main results from the study include the following:

  • More than a third of respondents believe we will not have enough water for the next 30-50 years
  • 80 percent of respondents say they try to save water every day
  • 50 per cent of respondents living in regional, remote or rural areas have a rainwater tank compared to 25 per cent in capital cities
  • Climate change, drought, and natural disasters were identified as our greatest common challenge when it comes to sustainable water management
  • Recycled water was ranked as the highest priority to meet future water demand

What’s your opinion on water? It’s important our voices are heard so resources can be appropriately allocated. Water is our greatest and most precious resource on the planet, it is therefore imperative that we conserve it and practice sustainable water management. Register your opinion here.

Below is the link to the full AWA report so that you can see all the results and weigh in yourself!

The Future of Water Report (