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Australian Water Partnership praises the WIA

Australian Water Partnership CEO Professor Gary Jones told WIA members in Adelaide that the Alliance was recognised for having played a major role in developing the industry over many years and was at the forefront of breaking into international markets.

“South Australia’s water industry is recognised as a global leader in areas such as irrigation, managed aquifer recharge, saline groundwater management and water policy and education”, Professor Jones told the group.

“This has been largely driven by necessity: SA is drought-prone and lies at the end of the River Murray system, meaning that in harshly realistic terms, SA is always at risk of getting the least water and the most salt and pollution.

“The Murray Darling Basin Authority is just one example of how water policy can be developed and implemented. It’s a tough call to try to bring all the parties together and despite the disputes from time to time, overall it’s an undoubted success story.

“South Australia’s water industry has developed in the harsh fires of scarcity and the results are a credit to the ingenuity and innovative approach the industry here continues to take.
“Make no mistake about it, there’s a huge amount of international interest in what you’re doing here. The AWP sees it all the time in approaches from nations and from Australian embassies abroad. SA is seen as a State that’s taken adversity and turned it to advantage.  The problems which you have fought against are common in many developing countries.  They want clean, safe, secure water – but they want it in a tight timeframe.

“For you in South Australia it’s a challenge, but more than that, it’s a huge opportunity.

“The Water Industry Alliance has taken a strong lead in working with us, and others, to help develop those markets. I am extremely optimistic about your future in world markets.  I know there are barriers and difficulties brought about because many companies are small and have limited cashflow and capacity for business planning.  But there is help available and there are real markets out there for the technology and expertise which you have.

“SA has what the world wants: the know-how to provide a secure supply of safe water”.

Water Industry Alliance CEO Rachel Barratt said the South Australian water sector already had an aggregate turnover in the order of half a billion dollars a year. “The WIA has a vision to double this in the not too distant future, creating thousands of new jobs and a major new export industry for the State”, Ms Barratt said.
“We greatly appreciate the support of the Australian Water Partnership and the recognition for what we have achieved and what we believe we can do in the future”.

The Water Industry Alliance encourages our professional services members to apply to join the Australian Water Partnership.  The application form and guiding information can be found here:
Opportunities for Local Businesses to be involved in the New Water Centre of Excellence in Jaipur

The Centre of Excellence in Water and Resource Management in Jaipur, Rajasthan is moving closer to providing real opportunities for businesses to collaborate on joint projects and initiatives. 

Karlene Maywald, the South Australian Strategic Advisor of Water Opportunities along with Hydro-dis, a WIA member, recently visited Jaipur to progress business opportunities and to attend the first Steering Committee meeting of the CoE.

The Rajasthan CoE Steering Committee confirmed a suite of projects that will be delivered collectively with research and industry partners from both India and South Australia. Project leads are currently in the process of preparing project plans and liaising with Indian counterparts.

We anticipate that there will be a number of opportunities for South Australian industry and businesses to demonstrate their technologies, skills and expertise in India. Some of the projects which are likely to require industry involvement include a project looking at opportunities for Managed Aquifer Recharge, another on water sensitive design and village scale wastewater treatment project. As these opportunities develop they will be shared with members.

It is hoped that in early 2017 the WIA will have the opportunity to visit some of the project sites and meet with Indian representatives in Jaipur to further progress these industry opportunities.


In August of this year the Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith and the Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje signed an agreement to establish of a new water centre of excellence in Jaipur as part of the State Government’s week-long delegation to India.

The agreement will enhance the already strong relationship with (ICE WaRM), and exchanges of knowledge and technology will assist Rajasthan manage its own and other water resources across India.

The Water Industry Alliance, The Goyder Institute for Water Research and ICE WaRM (International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management) are partners in the project and will play a key role is identifying collaborative research and connecting industry on priority projects including to address changes including water security, water quality, treatment and reuse of wastewater and the management of groundwater.

The Centre of Excellence in Water and Resource Management MOU was a critical first step towards India having a nationally and internationally recognised centre for leadership and innovation in water resource management, education, training and research.

The agreement will enhance the already strong relationship with South Australia’s and exchanges of knowledge and technology that will assist Rajasthan to manage its own and other water resources across India.

The development of the CoE has arisen from the sister-state agreement with Rajasthan signed in November 2015 which aims to further strengthen the relationship with India.

Potential for more than 5000 Jobs as Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Progresses

A proposal to expand the use of recycled water for primary production in the Northern Adelaide Plains suggests there is the potential to create more than 5000 jobs.

The proposal was developed by a consortium of companies after SA Water called for Expressions of Interest to use an additional 20 gigalitres of recycled water from the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant as part of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.

The State Government, through SA Water, will now progress the consortium’s proposal to the feasibility stage and examine the potential economic and employment benefits of the proposal, with interim results expected by the end of 2016.

The Water Industry Alliance (WIA) is working closing with the Government to ensure WIA members are involved in the initiative and receive opportunities as a result.  To read the full press release, please click here.


South Australian Water Policy Dialogue - White Paper Launched

The Australian Water Association South Australian Branch and the Water Industry Alliance recently held the first South Australian Water Policy Dialogue event, with a new conference format. The Dialogue encouraged discussion and outcomes from the delegates who could be fully interactive with key industry leaders and policy influencers.

The new and exciting format meant registered delegates had access to all the keynote presentations via video to watch when their time permitted. This meant not just listening to presentations - the Dialogue sessions were fully interactive at the event, allowing delegates to speak directly with key industry influencers. 

Three streams were held - research, industry and governance - and all generated lively discussion and good outcomes that were the content for the white paper. Jonathan McKeown, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Water Association opened the event and the Minister for Water and the River Murray, the Hon. Ian Hunter MLC closed the event and was encouraging of conversation on water policy.

Following on from the Dialogue, a white paper was produced detailing the policy challenges and solutions. This paper was released at the recent launch event hosted by Deloitte.

Click here to view the White Paper. 

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