Water is one of the world’s most precious resources. Only 3% of the world’s water supply is freshwater and of this only 1% is accessible for human consumption. Global water consumption has risen dramatically since 1900 and many parts of the world are now reaching the limits of their supply.

Shellharbour's natural water resources are also valuable community and environmental assets. Our waterways support aquatic ecosystems which provide habitat for native and migratory birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. They also provide for a wide range of recreational, social and cultural activities and are important for local tourism. It is essential we protect and improve the water quality of our waterways.