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Technology Underpins Better Water Management

By Brian Spies

Water policy needs to accelerate the development and uptake of efficient technologies that can adapt rapidly to changing climate and population.

Dr Brian Spies FTSE is Deputy Chair of the ATSE Water Forum. His career spans senior research and management roles in resource and environmental sectors in Australia and the USA, and most recently he was Principal Scientist, Sustainability and Climate Change, at the Sydney Catchment Authority.

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Water holds the key to Australia’s long-term productivity and quality of life, , and technological innovation and scientific advances are the keys to our water future. However, innovation in the water space in this nation is often impeded by existing long-term investments in infrastructure and outdated systems and technology.

A key step in moving forward is for Australian governments – at all levels – to encourage investment and uptake of energy-efficient and flexible water supply options, which will increase economic efficiency and productivity and reduce environmental impact.

A broad-ranging new report on water management, of which I was the lead author, calls for government support for innovation to be carefully targeted to accelerate the development and uptake of efficient technologies that can adapt rapidly to changing climate and population. This support must minimise the risk of technology lock-in, reduced competition and the crowding-out of private investment.

The report – Sustainable Water Management: Securing Australia’s Future in a Green Economy – was released by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) following a year-long study led by ATSE Fellows.

It was the first of three major studies being conducted by ATSE, with Australian Research Council funding, on the application of a “green growth” approach...

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