Water research is needed to reduce operating costs, extend asset life, defer augmentations, improve customer service, reduce risk exposure and improve workforce health and safety. This webinar is an overview of a Paper to be delivered at OzWater 2018 on Australian Urban Research Funding.


Neil Palmer


Neil Palmer has degrees in civil and public health engineering. His career spans 45 years in the Australian water industry, 20 years in Government, 19 years in the private sector and 6 years in resear... Read more

Peter Dillon


Peter is an Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Land and Water after he retired in 2014 after 29 years in groundwater research mostly on managed aquifer recharge with stormwater and reclaimed water. He ... Read more

Australia’s urban water industry faces ongoing challenges of increased urban growth and intensification, impacting on water use, sewage and stormwater loads, and urban liveability with changing consumer values in service attributes, such as health, environment, green space reliability and cost. For a long time Australia has enjoyed a thriving urban water research and development sector, that on an international level, is well regarded and productive. Sustained research investments over many years have placed Australia on par with world leaders in water quality management, recycling, desalination, groundwater and integrated water management and asset management. However, with economic regulation driving the need to not only achieve but to demonstrate investment efficiency, as well as a major contraction in national urban water R&D funding from an estimated $100-130M/year in 2013 to $40-50M/year in 2015, now is an opportune time to review our approach to national urban water research and development investment.

During the Webinar Dr Ted Gardner offered the following web links addressing water research:


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