Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Water Policy

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • Western Australia faces increasing pressure on water supplies with continued growth in population and industry and as a result of the effects of climate change (see also The Greens (WA) Climate Change & Energy policy)
  • with declining rainfall, the South West of the State in particular faces a significant challenge to meet its water needs in a sustainable way
  • water utilities have a major role to play in meeting that challenge by promoting cost-effective and environmentally sound efficiency and recycling measures

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • a changing climate poses new problems for water resource management which affects biodiversity, forests in water catchments, dependent industries, groundwater dependant ecosystems and urban water users
  • groundwater extraction in some areas of Western Australia exceeds sustainable water extraction levels
  • wetlands and other important environmental areas are adversely affected as a result (see also The Greens (WA) Wetlands policy)
  • The Greens (WA) believe that current State policies are unsustainable and much more can and should be done to conserve, reuse and recycle water resources

The #wa2013vote website will be kept online so politicians promises and statements can be checked until the end of next WA election in 2017, and after.