A Productivity Commission report on emergency water supplies is a “cop out” as it fails to focus on the necessity of dams and water storage, according to NSW Water Minister Melinda Pavey.
The Productivity Commission report focused on recycling water, and saving and reusing storm water to boost emergency water supplies, whilst also focussing on water capacity in cities.
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Ms Pavey said the report was a “cop out” because the country “absolutely needs both” dams, and recycling and storm water reserves.
“Recycling is a thing for the future, we need it for industry, we need it for irrigation,” she said.
Ms Pavey said as well as new technologies in water recycling, there needs to be the “ability to capture water when it falls in big events”.
“We’re going to have bigger events and longer periods between good rain, that is why dams make a lot of sense”.