Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : July 2011 Contents The challenges facing
regional water equality
By Tracy Ong
Volume 2 Number 1
For most Australians, particularly those in
metropolitan areas, this isn’t a problem. In New
South Wales, Sydney and Hunter Water customers
enjoy water with 100 per cent compliance with the
Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG).
But for many of those living in rural and
regional parts of the state, accessing safe, secure
and efficiently priced water and sewerage services
is much less straightforward.
For one, the majority of regional water
consumers are paying more for their water and
sewerage compared with those in metropolitan
areas of the state. Based on a uniform household
consumption rate of 200kL per annum, close to
65 per cent of the state’s local water utilities have
higher ‘typical residential water bills’ than the
We are concerned that
customers in regional and rural
areas are not receiving adequate
service and are exposed to water
quality risks, particularly in New
South Wales and Queensland.
In July 2010, the united
Nations amended the universal
declaration of human rights to
include access to clean, safe
water as a fundamental right.
You would think then that all
people in Australia would enjoy
access to safe, secure water and
wastewater services, right?
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