With declining rainfall, the South West of the State in particular faces a significant challenge to meet its water needs in a sustainable way. Climate change poses new problems for water resource management which affects biodiversity, forests in water catchments, dependent industries, groundwater dependant ecosystems and even urban water users.
Additionally, WA faces increasing pressure on water supplies due to continued growth in population and industry and as a result of the effects of climate change. Groundwater extraction in some areas of the State exceeds sustainable water extraction levels, adversely affecting wetlands and other important environmental areas.
The Greens (WA) believe that current State policies are unsustainable and much more can and should be done to conserve, reuse and recycle water.