The Australian Water Story

July 11 / 64

Dean of MSLE Professor Rick Roush, with Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley and Inger Anderson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, the World Bank.
Dean of MSLE Professor Rick Roush, with Australian Ambassador to the United States Kim Beazley and Inger Anderson, Vice President for Sustainable Development, the World Bank.

In January, the World Bank hosted its Innovation in Water series in Washington, D.C. ‘The Australian Water Story’ led the series, showcasing Australia’s research and practice in water management in agricultural and urban areas.

Last week, the Melbourne School of Land and Environment revisited the program, hosting participants from the Australian Water Story and other local, internationally recognised experts who demonstrated Victorian expertise in managing water issues and their social, economic and technological dimensions.

Due to population growth and affluence, fresh water supplies around the world are under increasing strain, highlighting the demand for improved efficiencies in water allocation and use. 

Australia is leading internationally in water management and our expertise is being sought by water authorities around the world to make improvements to systems in both developed and developing countries.  

Speakers focussed on irrigation engineering, water accounting, new agricultural practices, water recycling and urban water balance.

The presentations also highlighted the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration and partnerships.

Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering Professor Iven Mareels spoke about the lack of efficiency in water use around the world, particularly agricultural water use, and ways to improve water use in irrigation systems by about 70 per cent. 

Professor Rick Roush, Dean of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment talked about how research at the University’s Dookie Campus demonstrated ways in which people could improve water use by up to 30 per cent on farms by integrating engineering technologies with agricultural expertise. 

Research into alternate water sources in urban areas was showcased by Professor Tim Fletcher (MSLE), engineers from Aurecon and consultants from Worley Parsons. Technological solutions to improved efficiencies and management of water supply in urban and regional settings were presented by Dr Khusro Saleem from National ICT Australia, Mr J. Matthew Pryor, CEO of Observant, and Professor Peter Scales from the Melbourne School of Engineering.

http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/events/australian-water-story...

 

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