"To use water more efficiently within our member’s operations, especially where water is scarce, and to work with stakeholders to reduce the total amount of water used across the supply chain."

The availability of water is critical for food and grocery production and processing. Droughts and low water storage levels in many of the country’s rivers and dams lead to water restrictions, further reducing the availability of water.

AFGC recognises that while the industry is a small user of water, accounting for one per cent of water use in Australia, our impact stretches into the wider supply chain. The AFGC membership is a major user of agricultural production which accounts for 66 per cent of Australia’s water use1.
The industry has responded to the issue of water scarcity by implementing a range of water saving initiatives. Several of these include: installing fit for purpose water recycling plants, improving trade waste disposal, reverse osmosis water recycling plants and training staff to use water more efficiently.


To reduce water consumption by 20 per cent to 2.61 kL per tonne of production by 2020.


Industry Performance

The industry has reduced its municipal water use by 11.4 per cent, from 3.26 kL per tonne of production in 2010-11 to 2.89 kL per tonne of production in 2011-12. This places the industry over halfway towards achieving its 2020 target. This has been achieved through over 80 water savings measures including:

  • Change of internal hose pipes to reduce water flows;
  • Improved Clean-In-Place (CIP) processes; and
  • Trialling water recycling technologies such as ceramic filters.

Seventy five per cent of the respondents have water recycling targets within their organisations, and together they recycled more than 8,445 million litres of water.




Case Studies

2012-13 Member Water Case Studies


1Australian Food Statistics (2007)