Australian Bureau of Statistics
4602.0.55.003 - Environmental Issues: Water use and Conservation, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration
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Water saving wanes in the garden
Fewer Australian households are taking steps to save water in the garden, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
Mark Lound from the ABS said the recent Water Use and Conservation survey collected information about water sources, water use and water conservation behaviours of Australian households.
"While most Australian households (79 per cent) took at least one step to save water inside or outside their home in the last 12 months, there had been a change in behaviour when it came to saving water in the garden. This may have been due to the easing of drought conditions and water restrictions in many areas," Mr Lound said.
“Of those households with a garden, only 54 per cent took steps to save water in the garden, compared with 62 per cent in 2010 and 71 per cent in 2007.
“A similar change in behaviour was apparent for most states and territories with less households taking steps to save water in Victoria (55 per cent in 2013 compared with 75 per cent in 2007), Queensland (49 per cent in 2013 compared with 70 per cent in 2007) and South Australia (59 per cent in 2013 compared with 78 per cent in 2007).
"In contrast, the proportion of households that took at least one step to save water in the garden remained steady over the last six years in Western Australia (65 per cent in 2013 and 67 per cent in 2007).
"Of the 3.9 million Australian households that saved water in the garden, common steps taken were using mulch (42 per cent), only watering the garden when necessary (34 per cent) and watering at cooler times of the day (29 per cent).
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This page last updated 29 October 2013