Mark Twain famously said "whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting over".
Lithium is currently one of the key ingredients in the batteries used in electric vehicles and the storage of renewable energy generated from wind, solar and hydro.
The state government is relying on modelling that shows there will be enough water in the NSW Hunter River system to allow mining and power generators to continue operating even if the drought worsens.
Water from South Australia's desalination plant is going to be used to help drought-affected farmers around the country.
Tamworth council and the construction sector swapped ideas about how they can work together to save water.