ICE WaRM (International Centre of Excellent in Water Resources Management) and the Water Industry Alliance held the inaugural Smart Water Summit in Adelaide on 22–23 March 2018, coinciding with World Water Day.
The purpose of the summit was to think about the new challenges and threats that face our water industry. While Australia is increasingly renowned for its secure, reliable and safe water, we need to confront issues such as climate change and cyber security. With this big picture in mind, this interactive event allowed presenters and participants to share ideas about:
- who and what will be the next revolution in the water sector
- how to achieve water-enabled economic growth, drive innovation, and provide local and global solutions
- the intersections of public and private stakeholders, and business opportunity.
Rob Skinner (Deputy Chairman of the CRCWSC) discussed how resilient and liveable cities put people at the centre of the water management process.
Mellissa Bradley (Program Manager, Water Sensitive SA and SA Regional Manager CRCWSC) explained why a shift from “business as usual” to a water sensitive approach to built form and public space design is needed to deliver the types of communities we want to live in.
Greg Ingleton (Manager Environmental Opportunities, SA Water) described a new project in Adelaide, which aims to change when and how people use water.
Link to full report about the Smart Water Summit