4602.0.55.003 - Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2010  First Issue
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This publication presents information about water usage and water conservation practices of Australian households. It covers a range of topics including household water sources, water usage, and water saving practices inside and outside the dwelling.

The statistics in this publication were compiled from the Water Use and Conservation Survey, conducted throughout Australia in March 2010.

All tables appearing in this publication are included in a Data Cube (spreadsheet format) available on the ABS website <http//www.abs.gov.au> with corresponding Relative Standard Error tables. Additional tables are also included in a Data Cube. For a list of tables, refer to the contents page of the Data Cube.

The title and catalogue number of this publication replaces Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0).


For the first time, the Water Use and Conservation survey has included households residing in very remote parts of Australia. The inclusion of very remote parts of Australia has minimal impact on Australian level estimates, however it could improve Northern Territory estimates. See paragraph 3 of the Explanatory notes for further information.

Household Water Use and Conservation data is collected every three years. Previous data were collected and published in 2007, 2004, 2001, 1998 and 1994. Where appropriate, these data have been included in this publication to enable comparisons over time. When comparing 2007 and 2010 grey water estimates, users should be aware that some differences in the data may be due to the change in question methodology. See paragraph 11 of the Explanatory notes for further information.

New content has been included in the 2010 survey to provide information on government rebates and incentives. See paragraph 13 of the Explanatory notes for further information.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals. Published proportions are calculated prior to rounding the estimates and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these proportions and those that are calculated from the rounded estimates.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.