Global population growth, climate change and increased pollution mean
access to fresh water is fast becoming the most valuable resource on
earth. Over one-billion people do not have regular access to safe, clean
drinking water. The problem is not isolated to developing countries.
Australia has long-suffered from extended periods of drought. As a
result, Australia has developed extensive expertise in dealing with
issues of water conservation, desalination, water technologies and
drought management. Southern California, which also suffers from
prolonged periods of drought and rising demand, pumps fresh water from
hundreds of miles away at great loss and huge expense. If the world’s
water problems are to be solved, we must first implement twenty-first
century solutions at home.
By combining conservation, new technologies and improving
infrastructure, much of the increased demand can be met. This will save
money and conserve supplies in the long term. It will also lead to
innovative outcomes globally.
This event will bring together Australian and US experts to challenge
existing thinking on water issues, explore cost-effective ways to
reduce growing demand, better manage existing supplies, remove pollution
and implement new technologies that save time, money and lives.