Water in Australia
It is universally known that water is the key to the survival of the human race, and without water there would be a lot of everyday activities (such as washing, cooking, cleaning and bathing) that would be difficult to complete. A few years ago the Australian aquatic landscapes were often overlooked; however, in recent times, the Aborigines (original inhabitants of Australia) have showcased how much they value these aquatic landscapes, thereby increasing their popularity.
Australia is considered to be the driest of all the continents; as such, it sometimes has to deal with the effects of drought. For this very reason, water plays a very important role in survival of this continent, particularly in areas where there is a lack of sufficient water sources such as the deserts of Tanami, the Great Australian Desert and the Victoria Desert.
As it relates to water in Australia, water wastage is among the most terrible crimes that are committed in all states; as such, the water industry policy pays close attention to the protection of all the water sources of this country. There are important regulations at the national level that outline modernization and the correct operation of the production process of the country’s valuable water. The water bottling sector of the country is regulated by institutions such as Australian Consumer & Competition Commission (ACCC), Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), Australian Water Association (AWA) and the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI) Body.
Due to the fact that drinking water production is considered to be a type of packaged food product, the final quality has to meet all the quality and safety standards that apply to products in this category. The law regulates bottling; therefore, any company that produces bottled water is required to carry out the last point of the decrees, without any exceptions. If the company is unable to do this, it cannot be accepted as part of the ABWI, and consequently all of its products will be withdrawn from the market.
Each year, a water conference is held so that members of the government and members of the water bottling sector can discuss various plans for the maintenance of the country’s renewable water sources. This applies to all bodies of water, and this is done in order to protect these bodies of water from any type of pollution. The primary goal is to achieve naturalness and purity of the final product, along with minimal water wastage for the actual production. For production purposes only, the water industry utilizes less than 0.01% of New Zealand and Australia’s underground water.
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