With the hottest winter on record behind us, drought conditions set to continue and an ever-increasing population, there has never been a more important time to discuss how South East Queensland will manage its urban water supply in the years ahead.
To ensure the region is prepared for the challenges that lay ahead, some of Australia’s foremost experts in water supply are converging on the Sunshine Coast for the Water Wisdom: The Urban Water Cycle seminar on Wednesday 27 September.
The seminar aims to raise community awareness of the factors that need to be taken into account when considering a new major water supply for South East Queensland, and will also touch on topics including drinking water treatment, water sources, recycling, catchment management and membrane technology for desalination and recycling.
Speakers will include Ian Law, Associate Professor Helen Stratton, Tony McAlister, Warren Traves, Peter Griffiths, Tim Odgers and Jenifer Simpson.
Panels scheduled throughout the day will also feature representatives from each of the water utilities who will be keen to discuss options with community members.
Healthy Land and Water Chief Executive Officer Julie McLellan encouraged people to come along to gain an awareness of one of the most crucial challenges facing our region.
“Planning for water treatment and supply involves major decisions that have significant bearing on our region economically, environmentally, socially and culturally,” she said.
“We need to ensure that the broader community affected by planning decisions has a grasp on the options available.”
Sunshine Coast Environment Council Project Officer Jenifer Simpson said the event was not to be missed.
“Attendees will hear from a range of qualified presenters about what we put into water when we use it, how we take it out again, and how we can be sure that it has been taken out,” she said.
For the purposes of catering, registration is essential by September 22.