CONSULTATION is under way on a draft Water Security Statement for SA.
The draft statement will provide a snapshot of water security across the state and highlight the actions underway to address existing and emerging water security challenges.
It will give an overview of the state's water resources, how they are used and strategies to make sure our water supplies are secure and reliable into the future.
Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said having an acceptable quantity and quality of water for people, communities, industry and the environment that was affordable now and into the future was essential.
"Past water-related investments in infrastructure and reforms across SA have provided high levels of water security for the vast majority of the state's population," he said.
"Water availability, however, is projected to decline across the state under a changing climate and there is also increasing demand for water to support growth in agriculture, mining and energy, as well as for growing towns and cities.
"The key challenge now is to build on past investment to ensure all South Australians have adequate water security and to grow the state's economy in a sustainable way.
"The draft Water Security Statement considers how we can make sure we have the water we need to support the state's economic growth targets, a vibrant society and healthy environments."
The strategic priorities will form the basis for the state government's water security program from now until July 2024.
"A key new element of our proposed water security program includes the development of targeted water security strategies," Mr Speirs said.
"These strategies will supplement traditional water planning in regions, or for sectors, where there is evidence that a lack of water may limit long-term growth.
"People, communities, industry and the environment all rely on ongoing, reliable and affordable access to water and water security planning will be critical to safeguard our water supplies into the future.
"We would like to hear the community's thoughts on the draft Water Security Statement."
Consultation on the draft Water Security Statement is open until June 18.
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