Inter-Water Australia : Addressing issues of Water Efficiency, Water Quality, and Water Risk
Key focus points of Inter-Water Australia will be ‘water stewardship’, that is, the use of fresh water in a way that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial.
Focus on the reduction of the water footprint in industry, commerce, the public sector, the urban environment, manufacturing and materials processing
Focus on technologies for the monitoring and maintenance of water at the high qualities and levels of purity required by specific end users, e.g. in the pharmaceutical and health care sectors, and in the chemical industry
Focus on new technologies and processes that eliminate the need to use toxic chemicals alongside water
Focus on new technologies and processes that can significantly reduce, or even eliminate altogether, the need for water in manufacturing and materials processing
Focus on the technologies and processes associated with the recycling of water and any embedded energy (heat) within specific industrial processes and in the urban environment in a sustainable way
Focus on specific end users of water in agriculture (notably viticulture, aquaculture, livestock production, grain production); food processing, transport and storage; paper manufacture and packaging; brewing; metals & mining; pharmaceuticals; healthcare; electronics and energy
Focus on water risk management, specifically managing the risks to business and government of disruptions in the supply, quality, price etc. of water to end users and their supply chains
Focus on the investment aspects of water – Firstly, managing the risks facing institutional and other major shareholders exposed to businesses whose activities depend on water, either directly or via their suppliers. Secondly, bringing SMEs responsible for the development of innovative water-related technologies to the attention of potential investors
Focus on the investment aspects of water and on the inter-relationship between water and energy (the so-called water-energy nexus)
Inter-Water Australia will be totally inclusive, collaborative and an apolitical event. All participants in the water and infrastructure sectors will be encouraged to participate, as well as other sectors that are impacted by water utilsation and scarcity.
The immediate challenge for Australia is adapting to, and making the most of this essential resource by the accelerated commercialisation and deployment of innovative technologies to assist in meeting demand from competing sectors, and enable Australia to be competitive into what will be, the Asian century.