An analysis of water storage capacity over the past 19 years has found water storage in the big states is at risk of falling behind population growth.
At current rates water storage per person in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will fall by more than 30 per cent by 2030.
“The states have been responsible for urban water since Federation and should be taking the lead,” Minister Littleproud said.
“They’re just not keeping up with their growing populations.
“Since 2003, of the 20 dams completed in Australia, 16 of them are in Tasmania.
“If NSW, Queensland and Victoria don’t start building dams, their water storage capacity will fall by more than 30 per cent by 2030.
“The Deputy Prime Minister has taken the lead by creating the National Water Grid and providing the funds available for water infrastructure projects.
“Building dams will make sure we still have clean drinking water in regional towns and bring down the price of water to produce food.
“Dams are also good for the environment – they keep our rivers flowing during the dry times.
“I want to see bulldozers digging holes for new water storage as soon as possible.”
“We put $1.3 billion on the table in through the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund in 2015 and have still had to drag most states kicking and screaming to build new dams.
“Queensland has spent years dragging its heels getting Emu Swamp Dam near Stanthorpe approved, despite their critical water levels.
“This is not just about agriculture, it’s about water security and food prices in our towns and capital cities.”
Source: Australian Government