Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Innovation Is the Solution

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Innovation Is the Solution

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INNOVATION is the theme of this year's National Water Week which started on Sunday and runs until this Saturday, October 24. With it comes renewed interest in water conservation issues and local water saving strategies which can be implemented around the home, work and school.

In the spirit of this year's Water Week theme, The Australian Water Association is encouraging anyone with an interest to get creative and invent something which will help save water or recycle it - citing the dual flush toilet as an example of a great product developed by an Australian innovator. "The dual flush toilet saves in excess of 32000 litres of water per household per year."

Less than 1% of the world's fresh water is accessible for direct human use, thus conserving, recycling and valuing our water resources is vital. Rapid urbanisation, pollution and climate change all threaten our water resources.

Those sources include water found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and underground aquifers that are shallow enough to be tapped at an affordable cost.

With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting drier, warmer conditions in the coming year as well as an increased risk of bushfire across Australia, and an increase in heatwaves - the national water situation will soon become glaringly obvious.

While Water Week is dedicated to encouraging communities to take action to protect our vital water sources, it's also a celebration of innovation and water saving achievements that have and will contribute to Australia's sustainable future and economic prosperity.

Installing rainwater tanks are one way to protect our vital supplies and increase water availability in the event of a bushfire.

Owner of Northern Rivers Rainwater Tanks, Bruce Jobson said: "There's been a lot of innovation in the Rainwater tank sector, particularly in the last few decades."

"Tanks have been around since a few thousand BC, in medieval castles and the like - in the form of stone, ceramic or even wood water storage systems. …

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