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.