In the wake of the floods that ravaged many parts of Australia earlier this year, the Federal Government has announced it will fund a third round of grants for stormwater harvesting and reuse projects – to the tune of $100 million.
It’s hoped that this will help secure urban water supplies, ease pressure on drinking water supplies and improve the quality of urban waterways. Successful projects will source 100 per cent of their energy needs from renewable sources or fully offset the carbon impact of the project’s operations.
This initiative, and others like it, is crucial to changing behaviours and encouraging consumers and businesses to investigate and implement more sustainable living practices. In a country of extreme and unpredictable weather conditions, where one state can be in drought while another experiences floods, the ability for communities to effectively harvest, treat and reuse stormwater is becoming ever more important.
For further information visit www.environment.gov.au/water/program/index.html