High water usage only part of the story

VICTORIA'S decision to release the names of the states biggest water users has come under fire.

VICTORIA’S decision to release the names of the states biggest water users has come under fire.

The Government decided to name the companies as an expansion of the “top 200” program, which aims to cut water use across industry by 15 billion litres by 2015.

Victorian director of the Australian Industry Group Tim Piper said the new laws identifying big water customers were not meant to be for naming and shaming.

“It is important that there be a sense of perspective in the use of water and recognition of industry’s instrumental role in reducing water usage,” Piper said.

“Just listing water users does not acknowledge the considerable efforts taken to reduce water usage by those companies. It also does not take into account the value to the community and the economy of that water use.

“A very large water user may also be a very efficient water user and a major contributor to the community.

“Industry in the Melbourne metropolitan area has reduced its consumption by 25 billion litres over the past few years, which is slightly more than the amount saved by households, yet industry uses only half as much as households,” Piper said.