WaterRA provides a valuable nexus between industry, government, the private sector and research agencies. Our mission is to lead and facilitate high quality, valued research and ensure implementation of outcomes to address urban and regional water issues.
Established by the water industry, for the water industry
Our research supports the water industry to provide fit-for-purpose water for a range of uses, and helps to ensure that Australian communities can and do have confidence in the safety and quality of their water.
We deliver value to the industry by defining research gaps, providing evidence to underpin decision-making and building national water industry capability.
Among the benefits of membership are:
All staff of member organisations can access WaterRA’s research management services, as well as information on research findings and other resources, and exchange information and ideas. Through WaterRA, member organisations and their staff benefit from a knowledge network that extends all around Australia and across the world.
WaterRA can assist the Australian water and research communities to respond quickly to new and emerging issues, gain greater benefit from existing research, and avoid duplication of research. The translation of research findings into practice is a strong focus: we manage projects across their lifecycles, from inception to the delivery and uptake of research findings. WaterRA research addresses the whole supply chain, from catchments, to tap water, to recycled water and indirect potable re-use.
Gabrielle O'Dwyer, Principal R&D Program, Water Corporation
WaterRA is a significant conduit for Water Corporation to interact with national and international parties and influence the national water agenda. The Corporation’s involvement with WaterRA:
Dr Alex Keegan, Manager Wastewater Research, SA Water
Samantha Pandelus, in her Honours project, investigated detection of radionuclides from medical treatments in SA Water wastewater treatment plants as the basis for establishing a monitoring program for the SA Environment Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA wanted to demonstrate that their guidelines for disposal and treatment of waste were effective in eliminating risk for WastewaterTreatment Plant operators and in networks. Detection of radionuclides was at background levels only, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of dilution in the networks. The value to SA Water of this project was mainly risk mitigation rather than direct value/savings/ implementation etc, but a co-benefit was that it effectively brought together SA Water, Flinders Uni and SA EPA (radiation branch) to undertake a necessary investigation in a collaborative way.
Dr Judy Blackbeard, Melbourne Water
Melbourne Water has been a long term supporter of the WaterRA Education Program because we recognise the importance of developing capability within the water
industry. As a result, a number of Melbourne Water staff have come through the WaterRA PhD program and now hold senior positions with considerable responsibility. Melbourne Water also recognises it as an important mechanism for encouraging staff development leading to increased staff retention and greater continuity of corporate knowledge. A further attractive feature is the very simple contractual process used for sponsoring a graduate student.
The helpful and vibrant education team work hard to encourage development of a WaterRA student network through student conferences, student attendance at WaterRA meetings and local node meetings. The linking of students to industry mentors provides additional support for the students and gives them a greater understanding of the water industry.
The Honours and PhD program provides an opportunity for industry to sponsor students to research challenging problems facing the water industry. By working closely with an industry partner, the student learns about the water industry and the industry partner acquires greater insight into the issue being researched, with outcomes influencing industry practice. It also provides an excellent opportunity for industry to evaluate students with the potential for later employment, should the opportunity arise. Having completed a water related PhD in relative isolation, I can strongly recommend the WaterRA PhD program and the support and linkages to the water industry which it provides.