Be wa­ter­wise

Central and North Burnett Times - - CELEBRATING NATIONAL WATER WEEK 2012 -

NA­TIONAL Wa­ter Week is an an­nual aware­ness week that aims to im­prove community un­der­stand­ing of wa­ter is­sues in Aus­tralia.

Start­ing on the third Sun­day of Oc­to­ber, it is Aus­tralia’s only na­tional wa­ter aware­ness week.

The vast ma­jor­ity of wa­ter, ac­count­ing for more than 98% of the Earth’s sur­face, is sa­line – or salty – wa­ter, prin­ci­pally in the oceans.

But it is the fresh­wa­ter re­sources, such as the wa­ter in streams, rivers, lakes, and ground wa­ter, that pro­vide peo­ple, and all life, with most of the wa­ter we need to live.

Aus­tralia is the dri­est in­hab­ited con­ti­nent, with a lim­ited sup­ply of fresh wa­ter.

Wa­ter must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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