If you pick a continent today, whichever one you choose, drought or megadrought is likely to be impacting water supplies and water management. Asia, North America, and Europe are seeing large riverine systems and lake beds drying up with no end in sight.

This presentation will utilise the Colorado River Basin (CRB) of North America as a prime example of the impacts of a megadrought from a social, environmental and economic standpoint. Future projections will be addressed and solutions will be weighed, along with the balance between adaptation and activism. Can individual water conservation efforts make a difference in such a large-scale crisis?

As water utilities around Australia and worldwide promote water conservation through extensive public relations campaigns, climate change and other pressures on supply continue. Join us for a presentation of the latest research showing the most effective water conservation methods, including a summary of the costs and benefits of greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting, reservoir evaporation reduction techniques, wastewater reclamation, canal lining measures, and more.


Steve Bilson

ReWater Systems

Steve Bilson has 40 years of progressive business management experience with 30+ years leading the greywater irrigation industry. He sponsored the first US state greywater irrigation law in 1992, help... Read more

Mike McMahon


Mr. Mike McMahon has 38 years of experience as a dedicated Scientist and Project Manager. The concentration of his body of work has been focused on understanding and communicating the interactions of ... Read more

Katharine Jacobs

University of Arizona

Katharine Jacobs is the Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) at the University of Arizona. CCASS builds and supports climate change adaptation and assessment cap... Read more

Declan Page


As the CSIRO Group Leader, Environmental Contaminant Mitigation and Biotechnology, Declan is an international research leader in water recycling via aquifers. His professional experience includes huma... Read more

Krey Price

International Water Training Institute

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley, Krey is a civil engineer and project manager with international experience in water resources. He is engaged in computational modelling, engineeri... Read more

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