Critical water industries that underpin economic activity and liveability in Australia’s cities and regions are grappling with an enormous water security challenge. Growing populations, food production and industrial activities coupled with increasingly uncertain and variable climate conditions are placing demands on already stressed water supplies and waterways that are more vulnerable to the impacts of drought, floods and fire. The liveability, prosperity and environmental values of our cities, towns and communities are at risk.
Infrastructure centric solutions alone will not be able to meet these challenges, and well-integrated and collaborative research and implementation approaches across communities, industry and governments are needed to create holistic, multi-benefit solutions for water security. The Water Security CRC provides integrated research aimed at safeguarding Australia’s economic and environmental future through addressing the knowledge and training needs of the water industry to ensure adequate, safe and affordable water services for consumers and industry in cities and regions.