Investment in water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is an effective way to stimulate the economy in the short-term while providing lasting benefits to the community and economy in the longer term.

This submission was provided to the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and outlines vital investments by the industry to support jobs and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the recovery phase.

The water industry invests around $5 billion annually in capital expenditure to provide for resilient water, wastewater and stormwater systems to cater for growing populations while protecting public health and the environment.

In addition, we consider investing in resilience in regional Australia and in liveability outcomes across metropolitan and regional communities will deliver lasting benefits to community and environment while maximising the short-term economic recovery.


AuthorWater Services Association of Australia
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