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Information and Resources

Ozwater'18 Papers: Water Efficiency

With concerns about water security growing in urgency, the Water Efficiency Specialist Network has been reflecting on the significant recent resurgence of water efficiency and alternate supply activity. This was highlighted with the explosion in presentations and content in 2018’s Ozwater Program.
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Water Efficiency Position Paper

The Position Paper – The Case for Water Efficiency - was developed by members of the Water Efficiency Specialist Network Committee to advocate for the continued role of water efficient policies and practices in Australia’s future urban water supply and demand management.

The Position Paper makes the argument that water efficiency is a necessary and effective way of maintaining a secure water supply into the future and should be a high priority in a suite of measures to achieve water security.
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Water Efficiency Fact Sheet

Water are Smart Meters? Fact Sheet

The Water Efficiency Specialist Network committee has developed a fact sheet to provide information on current measurement methods adopted by utilities and technological improvement and innovations.
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Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report
The Australian Water Association has written to the Productivity Commission following the publication of its Draft Report on water reform and has called for a major shakeup of the institutional architecture of the rural and urban water sectors. 
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Productivity Commission Addendum
The Australian Water Association submitted an addendum to its submission to the Productivity Commission, following further consultation with its members.
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Smart Approved WaterMark / WSAA: Water Efficiency 2017 Report

This comprehensive report demonstrates the breadth of water initiatives being undertaken by water utilities and councils all around Australia. It details each utility’s approached to engaging with customers, encouraging water conservation and tackling demand management.
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Technical Papers

Banora Point WWTP energy efficiency review – Finding the savings and dispelling misconceptions
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ISCA 2.0 

ISCA 2.0 is an update of the infrastructure sustainability rating tool which which includes water efficiency measures. Industry reviews are now open across several categories, with the aim of improving the environmental performance of major projects. 

The two relevant water efficiency objectives are: 
 1. Avoiding unnecessary water use 
 2. Utilising appropriate water sources

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IWA Specialist Groups

The Australian Water Association has a close relationship with IWA, both within Australia and internationally.

Many of the Australian Water Association's Specialist Networks cover similar areas of the water industry to IWA's Specialist Groups.

Below are links to those Specialist Groups that we feel will be of most relevance to the Water Efficiency Specialist network and may provide a more international perspective.

International Water Association Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group