Throughout history, societies have governed water as a Commons.
The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately.
With modern communication and computing technology Water Commons can continue to evolve. The evolution covers all sizes of communities including whole of basin communities. It is recommended the AWA to investigate and trial, in partnership with communities, modern forms of Water Commons.
Trials will investigate Commons ownership using public trustees. Governance will include water users as well as water suppliers in decisions. Funding will be local via water incentive schemes. Low users of water will have more opportunities to invest in water. Decisions on water allocation pricing and distribution of profits will involve the whole community. Funding for research and development will come via the Commons. Funding for wetlands and recreational uses will come via the Commons.
Water allocation will reward sustainable practices while using price to control consumption.