Australia’s water management skills promoted in USA

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

Australian expertise in water conservation, management, policy and product development will be showcased as part of G’Day USA: Australia Week during a three-day water forum and national water tour of the US from 19 -31 January.

The Australia-USA Water Series Forum and Industry Mission organised by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) consists of 20 decision makers from the US and Australian governments, as well as industry and research organisations, who will participate in events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver, Houston and Washington DC.

Austrade’s Regional Director for the Americas, Grame Barty, said, “The Water Series Forum will provide an insight into how Australia has responded to reduced rainfall and water scarcity issues, as the US looks to address its own social, environmental and economic security challenges related to water shortages,” Barty said.

“As a result of the recent extensive flooding in eastern Australia, the Forum will also discuss how Australia is dealing with the floods.

“Like Australia, the US has experienced the extremes of droughts and floods. This two-week initiative will also demonstrate Australian expertise in urban and rural water security, research and development, sustainable management, governance and policy, to identify shared challenges, opportunities and responses.

“There are tremendous opportunities for Australia, with Australian companies already supplying the United States market with a wide array of high quality products and services including smart water sensors, grey water recycling systems, dual flush toilets and water optimisation software.”

The participating companies exhibiting their products at the conference are: ACT-based eWATER CRC Nexus eWater; NSW-based Bio-Gill, Detection Services, One Water Naturally, SKM, STAR War Solutions, UGL Infrastructure and Worley Parsons; Queensland-based Perfectflow Technology; South Australian-based Ballen Filters, Optimatics and Windesal; Victorian-based Rubicon and savewater! Alliance; and Western Australian-based Protean Energy and GHD Group.

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