World Water Congress sees thousands of global experts head to Brisbane
“We established Australia’s first water grid – a network of water supply and associated advanced management systems including a two-way 600 kilometre integrated pipe network and the Tugun desalination plant,” he said.
“This ensures that supply is maintained even in the most severe droughts and flood impacts are minimised through the use of existing dams.
“This interconnected system of dams, desalination and recycled water facilities work to provide our communities and industries over a vast geographical space with a high-level of water security.
“We have also developed leading management policies for our vast natural water resources, including river systems and underground water basins, striking the best balance between productive use of water and environmental outcomes.”
Assistant Minister for Local Government Jennifer Howard said the congress has attracted around 2000 water experts from across the world.
“This is a key opportunity to not only showcase our State but also to exchange ideas on the best ways to manage our valuable water resources,” he said.
International Water Association executive director Ger Bergkamp said top water professionals from more than 100 countries would attend the congress.
“Water security is a top global risk,” Bergkamp said. “Water scarcity has become a seasonal certainty in some parts of the world.
“In Brisbane, the world’s leading water professionals will, for the first time, host a summit dedicated to drought action and delivering a sustainable water future.”