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Water Stewardship

What is water stewardship?

Renmark Paringa Council has adopted the Water Stewardship Australia Limited definition of water stewardship which is the use of water that is socially and culturally equitable, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that includes both site- and catchment-based actions.

Why water stewardship?

Growing populations and economies, changing lifestyles and global climate change are putting increasing pressure on our water resources. Even with better forecasting, improved planning, and new policies in place, we cannot drought-proof our community. Droughts and other water related challenges will continue to impact our community and the environment.

The demand for water by all river users, and the need to conserve water means there will always be some tension in managing this resource. By improving the way, we plan and manage risk and our interactions with our freshwater systems, water users can build knowledge and resilience to help prepare and adapt to the difficult conditions of the future.

Major water users, governments, cities, and citizens all recognize the urgent need to work together to ensure the sustainability of this vital resource on which we all depend. Water stewardship enables water users to work together to identify and achieve common goals for sustainable water management and shared water security.

How is Remark Paringa Council engaging in water stewardship?

Renmark Paringa Council has developed a Water Stewardship Plan which sets out the catchment and site challenges in our Council district as well as the objectives and actions to deal with these challenges. The plan will be communicated to our stakeholders and reviewed regularly – at least annually.

This Water Stewardship Plan has been developed in conjunction with Water Stewardship Australia Limited (WSA), using the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard (IWSS) as a basis. We are now Gold certified under the AWS Standard, demonstrating that we have successfully completed each of the steps in the AWS Standard, recognising elite level water stewardship performance.

AWS Certificate

As Water Stewards, the Renmark Paringa Council, is committed to sustainable water management for our site as well as contributing to efforts within our catchment and region

Water Stewardship Plan

Water Stewardship Policy

Water Stewardship Leadership Commitment

What is the Alliance for Water Stewardship?

Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Their members contribute to the sustainability of local water-resources through their adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water – the International Water Stewardship Standard, or AWS Standard – that drives, recognizes and rewards good water stewardship performance.

How does the AWS Standard work?

The AWS Standard offers a credible, globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their own water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently with others for sustainable water management within the wider water catchment context. Implementers follow the steps and guidance in the AWS Standard to achieve good water stewardship practices that improve site water performance and contribute to wider sustainability goals.

Why get certified?

Certification is confirmation of having met the global benchmark for responsible water stewardship. Implementing the AWS Standard without certification will certainly assists in addressing water related challenges, but only independent verification and certification can provide the assurance to external and internal stakeholders that claims of good water stewardship are credible.

Water Stewardship Leadership Commitment

Water Stewardship Leadership Commitment

Water Stewardship Policy

Water Stewardship Policy