The Centre formed partnerships with research and industry organisations which were leaders in water recycling research and innovation and had the capability to further enhance its research and commercialisation capabilities. Representatives from the Centre's partners helped guide the research investment through membership on the Centre's Research and Advisory Committee.
Industry Partners and Research Advisory Committee representatives
Seqwater is a sustainable water business, providing bulk water sources for South East Queensland, including water recycling, and is the host organisation for the Centre through its wholly owned subsidiary, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence Limited.
As the original owner of Australia’s largest recycled water project, the $2.5 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme, Seqwater's predecessor WaterSecure led the bid to host the Centre in 2009, capitalising on the significant expertise which it had developed in this field.
Seqwater has already produced more than 31 billion litres of purified recycled water, reduced phosphorus in the region’s major waterways by more than 90 percent and has eased pressure on the region’s potable water supplies by providing an alternative water source for the Swanbank and Tarong Power Stations.
GHD Pty Ltd is an international professional services company with extensive and current experience in the Australian and international water sector. GHD was established in Australia in 1928 and today is ranked in the world’s top 30 engineering and architecture companies.
The company was one of the major Alliance partners in the construction of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project. Other major water industry projects include the Australian Water Industry Roadmap and desalination projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Veolia Water is the world leader in water services and specialises in the management of water and wastewater services. In Australia and New Zealand, Veolia Water has 23 long term contracts, over 30 water and wastewater treatment plants and it manages $11.7 billion of water assets.
In Australia alone, Veolia Water has designed and built or is operating water recycling schemes including the Western Corridor Recycled Water Project in Queensland, the Kwinana Water Reclamation plant in Western Australia, the Rosehill Recycled Water Scheme in western Sydney and the Gerringong Gerroa Sewerage Scheme on the south coast of New South Wales.
Veolia Water also has unmatched international and local experience in providing expertise, ongoing research and development as well as operational and management support for recycling, desalination and their associated technologies.
Melbourne Water is owned by the Victorian Government. Day to day they manage water supply catchments, treat and supply drinking and recycled water, remove and treat most of Melbourne’s sewage, and manage waterways and major drainage systems in the Port Phillip and Westernport Bay regions.
Their key stakeholders are customers, government, regulators, other water businesses, land developers, the community and suppliers. These stakeholders and other strategic partners, including alliance colleagues and research organisations, help us achieve our objectives.
Sustainability is the cornerstone of their vision. They will ensure a ‘sustainable water future’ in which Melbourne's water supply is secure and high quality, waterways and bays are healthy, biodiversity is improved and stormwater and treated wastewater are recycled or beneficially used.
Research Partners and Research Advisory Committee representatives
The University of Queensland, through its Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC), has over 15 years of experience in water research.
The Advanced Water Management Centre is a world leader in innovative water technology and management with leading expertise in education, research and consulting. The large majority of its funding is gained from competitive and collaborative sources, particularly from the Australian Research Council.
The Advanced Water Management Centre’s capacity was further enhanced in 2008 when Veolia Water Australia and WaterSecure, together with The University of Queensland, initiated a $2.5 million investment to establish a Water Recycling Research Program. The new program is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and will consist of a team of researchers at the Advanced Water Management Centre and at EnTox (National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology) at The University of Queensland.
The Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University is one of Australia’s largest, university-based, water science research centre and brings together 126 staff and post-graduate students. It also hosts the Smart Water Research Centre. The Institute collaborates with industry, all tiers of government, and other universities and research agencies to undertake world class research on catchments, rivers and coasts. ARI has a multidisciplinary approach to tackling environmental challenges in the areas as diverse as catchment rehabilitation, environmental economies, ecological effects of pollutants, ecosystem monitoring and assessment, and aquatic biodiversity and conservation.
University of New South Wales – Water Research Centre and UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology
The University of New South Wales has provided water science, engineering and management solutions to the Australian water industry for more than 50 years. Research activities in water recycling and management are lead through the UNSW Water Research Centre (WRC) and the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology.
The WRC provides multidisciplinary research in water resources, engineering, management and the development of tools for environmental management, risk assessment and sustainability for improving the aquatic and atmospheric environments. Its consists of two research nodes at the Kensington campus and the UNSW Water Research Laboratory at Manly Vale (established in 1959) and is operated through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology is a leading international centre engaged in basic and applied research on membrane separations for the treatment of gases and liquids in water, energy, food processing and biomedical applications. The Centre is located in the School of Chemical Engineering and was established in 1987 as a centre of excellence in membrane science. UNSW research activities in water recycling are supported by other centres in connectivity waters, biofilms, and river and wetlands.
CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Its research activities reflect national and international priorities. The Land and Water Flagship addresses the challenges posed by human interactions with the environment, to help build resilient, productive and healthy cities, industries and ecosystems.
Of particular relevance to the Centre of Excellence is the Flagship's Liveable, Sustainable and Resilient Cities Program which is conducting research to ensure Australian cities can meet the demands that climate change and population growth will place on our limited water resources. It is the country's largest urban water research program.
Urban water researchers aim to identify and help develop emerging technologies for water recycling and to enhance our knowledge about the protection and restoration of water quality.