Water Journal : Water Journal May 2011
feature article 52 MAY 2011 water feature articles The survey produced some interesting and, sometimes, unexpected results. For example, sustainability was seen as the most important issue facing the water sector, but one of the least well addressed. Unforeseen results included the majority view that capital expenditure will remain at current levels or increase in real terms over the next 3--5 years -- surprising in the light of the very high levels of expenditure that have occurred in order to diversify urban supplies in the face of drought -- and that economic regulation of the industry is not as effective as health, environmental and corporate regulation. Respondents also had strong views about the effectiveness of vertical disaggregation of utilities and the extent to which the sector is investing appropriately in infrastructure upgrades. To explore these issues further, AWA and Deloitte have been conducting interviews with water sector leaders. These discussions provide the opportunity to understand better what might be driving particular views, whether the general view is one shared by sector leaders and how the views expressed might be interpreted. The results of this qualitative analysis will be released towards the end of May--early June as a single report with the results of the Preliminary Report. In the meantime, there is the opportunity to analyse the data on a state-by-state basis, which will provide some insight into the differing views held in each jurisdiction. It will be interesting to know, for example, whether there is stronger or weaker support for a disaggregated industry in Queensland than there is nationally, or whether economic regulation is considered more or less effective in states with a less mature regulatory environment than in states with more established regulators that have proved their independence. These state-based reports will be released at OzWater'11 on 9 May and will cover: Queensland; New South Wales and the ACT; Victoria and Tasmania; South Australia and the Northern Territory; and Western Australia. The state-based reports will be available in electronic format and will be free to download from the AWA website (www.awa.asn.au) or from the Deloitte website at (www.deloitte.com.au) It is also possible to dissect the reports by a range of demographic criteria (regional/urban; level of seniority/ employer/profession etc) and further analyses can be generated on request. Researchers are invited to contact Andrew Speers, AWA's National Manager -- Policy, to discuss any additional data requirements. Email: email@example.com or call (02) 9467 8426. In October last year AWA, in partnership with Deloitte, released the Preliminary Report of the State of the Water Sector 2010--2015 Survey. The report included the results of quantitative analysis of the views of the almost 1200 people who responded to questions put to water sector professionals in August--September 2010. State of the Water Sector: Survey Update The survey identified sustainability, capital expenditure, urban supply and investment in infrastructure as key issues to be addressed.
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