​Media Release

Australia celebrates World Water Day

22 March 2018

  • The theme for World Water Day 2018 is Nature for Water
  • Minister calls for states to work together on Murray Darling
  • Australia is a world leader in delivering clean and reliable water in remote areas 

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, is calling for Australians to come together today for World Water Day and get behind plans to improve our biggest river system. 

"This year World Water Day is focussed on how floods, drought and water pollution are made worse by degraded ecosystems," Minister Littleproud said. 

"I am determined to deliver the full Murray-Darling Basin Plan. This is something the Coalition Government remains committed to. 

"So far 2106 gigalitres have been returned to the system and we have already seen the benefits of this, such as improvements to wetlands with healthier fish and bird populations." 

Mr Littleproud said Australia has a wealth of knowledge in water efficiency and delivering potable water in challenging locations. 

"We are sharing our knowledge with the rest of the world," Minister Littleproud said.

"We have a memorandum of understanding with both Indonesia and India to share Australia's experience and help improve water quality in those countries. 

"The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology has partnered with India's water ministry to improve water quality and river basin modelling projects in the Ganga River. 

"While in Indonesia, Australia is helping to develop efficient agricultural irrigation and assisting with safe and reliable water supplies for communities, industry and the environment. 

"We have also seen Australia's water standards being held up as an example to other countries. Recently the International Organization for Standardization used Australia's Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (WELS) as a starting point for an international scheme to help cut demand on drinking water."