Creating a water sensitive Western Australia
Western Australia (WA) is a region committed to working toward a water sensitive future for its cities and towns. Liveable communities are a shared vision of many state and local government agencies, reflecting the aspirations of the people of WA.
The WA climate is changing, becoming hotter and drier with continuing decline of rainfall levels. WA faces with the challenge of reliably providing water to its rapidly growing population despite the drying climate. The Water Corporation is the principle supplier for water and wastewater services through their Integrated Water Supply Scheme.
Local governments, the private sector, and individuals are responsible for supplying the rest of the State’s urban water needs through their own water infrastructure, such as groundwater bores and rainwater tanks.
Perth relies on groundwater to meet nearly two-thirds of its urban water needs. A transition to alternative water sources is required, as well as improved design of quality public open space and urban landscape to provide a broad range of benefits such as urban cooling, while minimising water use. With an expected population growth to 3.5 million by 2050 in the Perth and Peel region, a successful transition to a truly water sensitive region is integral to ensuring that WA's future quality of life is as good as or better than that of today.