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Clean fresh drinking water is one of life’s inescapable necessities. And while we in Australia understandably take it for granted, a lot of effort and resources are required to ensure getting a drink of water whenever we need it is as easy as turning on your nearest tap.
But did you know that Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth and yet despite this scarcity of water, Australians are among the highest consumers of water per capita in the world? With climate change making rainfall less predictable and in many cases much lower than long-term averages, saving freshwater where we can has never been more important.
Here are a few ways we can all play a part in reducing water use, protect the freshwater environment and save money on our water bills.
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What’s The Nature Conservancy doing to protect freshwater sources?
Our global freshwater team is working across the world to protect freshwater sources for people and nature. For example, in January 2017, we released a report that analyses 4,000 cities to demonstrate the health, climate and biodiversity benefits of source water protection. You can learn more about the Beyond the Source report here.
In Australia, we’ve established the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund to provide water security for farmers, while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species or ecosystems. Learn more here and watch a short video about the project.
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