Thirsty for action on sustainability*

Ozwater is the Australian Water Association’s annual international water conference and trade exhibition attracting 3500 plus water professionals from Australia and abroad every year.

The theme for Ozwater’20 is Thirst for Action and represents the need for continued action to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the growing demands being placed on water from an environment, population and industrial perspective.

It also reflects the Australian and global water sector’s desire to be a leader in delivering a sustainable water future.

The program runs over two and a half days and will explore topics around planning in rural, regional and remote areas, and strategies for achieving sustainable cities and thriving communities.

There will be presentations about engaging with schools and local communities to increase water literacy and managing water quality risks to public health and safety.

Responding to drought and our changing climate will be a key focus in the program as well as working towards a more circular economy where waste becomes a resource.

Presentations will also look at liveability and greening, including how we can cool our cities with recycled water while also providing great recreational spaces for the community.

Moving towards a carbon neutral water industry is a hot topic within the program and there will be plenty of solutions and strategies that councils and local governments can take away from the presentations.

On top of all these interesting topics, there will be 8 keynote speakers, 16 workshops and 180 plus exhibitors all sharing actions we can take to drive a sustainable water future for all Australians.

The Ozwater conference will run from 5-7 May 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre and the Association welcomes all local government and council staff to quench their thirst for action and get involved.

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