Australian Bureau of Statistics
4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2007
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/01/2008
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Water supply and use in Australia needs to be viewed in the context of Australia’s climate. Australia’s long-term annual average rainfall is the lowest of all the continents (except Antarctica). Rainfall in Australia is also highly variable, not only from region-to-region but also from year-to-year and from season-to-season.
In recent years, below-average rainfall in many parts of Australia has resulted in urban water restrictions and reduced availability of water for irrigators. The ABS Water Account Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4610.0) shows decreases in water consumption for households and agriculture compared with 2000–01.
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