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WaterWise Student's Textbook

This product is proudly Australian Made

ISBN : 0 7242 5161 8

Published Date : 23 January 1993

Product Code : F 62P 1993

Format : pdf file for download


We all depend upon land, water and biological resources. The way we manage these resources is of vital importance to the economy and to our quality of life. 

It is becoming increasingly clear that we need a better way of managing our natural resources to maintain essential ecologicl processes and to meet the needs of current and fututre generations. 

Our lifestyles place many demands on water and other natural resources. Community altitudes are changing from the 'develop at all costs' concept to one of using water and land in a combination of ways. This multi-use process will protect biological diversity and maintain essential ecological processes and life support systems. 

Community expectations of natural resource management are changing. If these resources are going to be available in the future, they need to be well managed. Progressive land and water users are aware of the need for careful and responsible use of these resources. 

Development is no longer seen as beneficial for its own sake and water resource planners now take into consideration the views of various community based interest groups and water users. 

Water resource management considers urban, industrial, agricultural and recreation usage, together with the requirements of the environment. Management of the environment considers the requirements of the aquatic environment and the maintenance of down stream ecosystems in order to preserve the visual character and conservation of our natural and cultural heritage. 

The community is also becoming more aware of environmental issues such as erosion, salinity, the effects of agricultural chemicals, pollution and insensitive development. The complexity of these issues has led to the evolution of integrated land and water management. 

Water has many uses for groups of people in the broad community. Each of these groups has different ways of using water to suit its lifestyle. People may use water for urban, industrial, rural and recreational purposes. 

Teachers Information


Wet Paper Publications would like to thank the following for their assistance in the design  and trialling of this module: 

The author wishes to thank the following for their assistance in the writing of this book. Peter Stannard, Jan Oliver, Sue Cerate, Bill Stapp, Joan Camilleri, Madonna Davidson and Martin Bullocks. 

Thanks to the staff of the Brisbane City, Albert Shire, Gold Coast City Council.and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Thanks also to the staff and students at Coombabah, Burnside and Benowa High School, Hillcrest and Somerset Colleges for participitating in the trialling of activities. 

Finally thanks to editor Rosemary Lancaster. 

Photographic credits 

Tim Ryan, Simpson Limited, Hoover Australia Pty Limited, James Hardie Industries, Nylex Gardenia, Bill Stapp and Mark Mitchell. 



Chapter 1 Water in the environment

Chapter 2 Water treatment and use

Chapter 3 Reclaiming water

Chapter 4 Water conservation