RECENT ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY STATISTICS
Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010
Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 4602.0.55.003) was released on 19 November 2010.
The 2010 edition focuses on 'Water use and conservation'. It presents data on sources of water in dwelling, the use of water and water saving measurers used in households. Data on use of rainwater tanks and grey water are also included. This initial release contains a publication and data cube. An additional data cube was released and appended to this product on 26 November 2010. Some results from similar past surveys (1992, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007) have been included in the publication for purposes of comparison.
Some data for Queensland:
- In Brisbane statistical division, 97.8% of households had mains water and 37.6% had a rainwater tank. In contrast for the balance of the state, 86.3% had mains water and 35.6% had a rainwater tank. Notably, 12.0% of households in the balance of the state had a bore or well, compared with 0.7% of households in Brisbane statistical division
- In March 2010, 39.4% of Queensland households used a water filter for drinking water. This proportion has been increasing steadily since March 1998, when 20.1% of households used a filter for drinking water
- The proportion of households with a rainwater tank has increased markedly recently. In 2007, of the 626,300 households with a dwelling suitable for a rainwater tank, only 18.4% had one. By 2010, the number of households with a dwelling suitable for a rainwater tank increased to 646,600 and the proportion with a tank increased to 43.4%.