Information about what's in CSIRO's Water Book, its intended readership and options for downloading a copy.


This is a free book available in two electronic formats: Portable Document Format [PDF], which is optimised for reading on a computer screen; and as an eBook format [EPUB], which is optimised use with mobile and specific eReader devices.

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Hard copies of the book can be purchased from CSIRO Publishing for $24.95.

Water: Science and Solutions for Australia is the second in the series of Science and Solutions for Australia. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia was the first and is available for free.


Water: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest information on the status of Australia’s water resources and their future prospects, the many values we hold for water, and the potential for using water more effectively to meet the growing demands of cities, farmers, industries, and the environment.

This publication draws upon the scientific literature to provide a broader audience with a clear picture of the water challenges and prospects facing Australia and seeks to provide a bridge from the peer-reviewed scientific literature to a broader audience of society, while providing the depth of science that this complex issue demands and deserves.


This book is an accessible guide to underpin decisions that need to be made in business, in government, and in general to respond to the challenges of water resource for;

  • business community leaders
  • federal, state and local government members
  • researchers and academics involved or interested in water issues
  • educators and media
  • general public with an interest in water issues

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Water: Science and Solutions for Australia is available for download as a free eBook or as a PDF. Hard copies also be can be purchased from CSIRO Publishing.

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