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.