A flood of new water from the deep sea will soon wash over Australia’s coastal towns and cities, creating the worst drought-related water shortages in a century, according to a new report.
Key points:The report found the new water is coming at a price to the economyKey points Towns and cities have a difficult time dealing with the drought conditions caused by the new wave of waterThe report suggests a price tag of $2 billion is needed to deal with the waterThe Government says it is doing what it can to avoid this disasterThe report by the Australian Institute of Water Economics and Management, released on Thursday, shows the cost of dealing with a severe drought in Australia is more than $2bn per year.
The report said the cost could be much higher than that if the current situation persists.
It said it was necessary to act fast and to ensure that the water was treated in a manner that minimised its impact on the economy.
The study found the cost is $2.7 billion per year for a total cost of $4.2 billion.
“The current level of water consumption and the rate of water use for agriculture, domestic consumption and domestic industry is the highest in the world,” it said.
“This has led to significant damage to our water infrastructure and to significant loss of productivity in the mining industry.”
A lack of rainfall in some regions has resulted in the erosion of aquifers that support the irrigation of agriculture, while erosion in the coastal communities of the Northern Territory has also resulted in flooding.
“The report also found that Australia had the highest water use per capita of any country in the Western Hemisphere.”
In a world of global economic and social change, we need to invest in infrastructure and infrastructure systems that support water quality and sustainability,” the report said.
Water quality in Australia has been a focus of attention as the country faces a drought-like situation caused by increased use of water from global warming.
The new report said Australia’s water quality was “critical to a healthy economy, sustainable ecosystems, sustainable water supply and the health of the nation’s water infrastructure”.
It said a lack of rain had led to increased erosion of the aquifered soils in the Northern Territories, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin, and resulted in increased rainfall that has been “catastrophic” in some parts of the country.
It also found a lack in water levels in the soil, caused by water use and storage, could cause further erosion of some of the bedrock in areas of the Murray and Darling Rivers.
It warned the effects of the drought on the nation would be significant.”
While water supplies have been resilient during periods of drought, they may not be so resilient in future periods of high water demand and water scarcity,” the study said.
The Government said the new flood of water was coming at the cost to the Australian economy.”
We’re going to have to be very careful in how we respond to this flood of unprecedented levels of water,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told reporters in Canberra.”
There are still parts of Australia where water shortages have already occurred and that’s because the water system has failed.
“But the more we can do to prevent that, the better off we’ll be.”‘
We can’t just go ahead and be complacent’The Government has announced $1.5 billion in drought relief funding, which will be used to pay for infrastructure improvements, and to provide the money for water treatment and the treatment of water that will be pumped from the deeper ocean.
“What we need is the Government to look at what they’re doing, what they’ve already done to make sure we’re getting our water back into the system, and then they can take action to help us deal with this crisis,” Mr Joyce said.
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