This network aims to provide a national platform for the exchange of Australian and International research findings related to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) promoting sustainable water management in rural and peri-urban regions of Australia.

Specific areas of interest intended to be covered include: 

  • Irrigation water management;
  • Drainage and reuse;
  • Water resources management;
  • Environmental water management; and
  • Flood control

Cross-cutting drivers and topics, such as climate change, planning and design, advances in operating, measurement and control equipment, Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Triple Bottom Line (TBL), etc. may all be considered and dealt with as needed and appropriate. Ground water use and Coal Seam Gas water is seen as part of IWRM.


Want to join the Rural Water Specialist Network?

If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in Rural Water, then join us! To join this network you must be a member of the Australian Water Association. 

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Join the Rural Water LinkedIn group 

AWA would like to engage the wider specialist network members with activities. To do so we are encouraging all network members to join the specialist network LinkedIn group. To access the Rural Water LinkedIn group visit the Australian Water Association Group and view the sub-groups. 

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Got any ideas for our network? We are driven by our member's interests, so why not send us an email and let's see what we can do!      

How can we make this network benefit you?

The Rural Water Specialist Network Committee is thinking of what activities it can plan to best deliver benefit to Australian Water Association members.

In order to plan activities that are of benefit to members all over the country, we need to hear from you.

What would you like to see the network do over the next few years? What needs do you have which we may help meet? What challenges are you facing in your role that need a solution?

Whether it be training, networking, developing policies, contributing to international standards or anything else that will help you in your Asset Management role, please get in touch.