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2018 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is the global event for water professionals. It offers new insights into how pioneering science, technological innovation and leading practices shape the major transformation in water management that is underway. It draws over 5,500 of the top water, environment and related professionals from more than 100 countries from across the water sector, including thought leaders from within and beyond the water sector. Following the successful completion of the 2016 World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane planning is now underway for the next event in Japan.

Focusing on leading practice, innovation and solutions, the event provides new networking and business opportunities, and ensures maximum exposure between participants, exhibitors and sponsors. It connects attendees with the right people and the right solutions, and has a track record of fostering new collaborations and partnerships, and providing a platform for exhibitors and sponsors to raise their profile amongst leading water professionals and companies.

Australia at the World Water Congress

Australia will be well represented at the 2018 World Water Congress in Tokyo and we hope you can celebrate, gather, learn, connect and share with us. If you haven’t registered yet, there is still opportunity to register at http://worldwatercongress.org. For a full description of what Australia will be showcasing is here.


Tony Wong from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities has won the 2018 IWA Global Water Award. The Award recognises those individuals who, through innovative leadership and practice, have made a significant contribution to a world in which water is wisely managed. Tony’s achievements will be celebrated at the Congress. Congratulations, Tony!

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Other Australians who will be recognised at the World Water Congress for their significant contributions to IWA and the water include:

  • Darryl Day, from ICE WaRM, and Zhiguo Yuan, from the Advanced Water Management Centre, who have received IWA Distinguished Fellowships
  • Dr Eva Abal, from the International River Foundation, and Professor Huu Hao Ngo, from the University of Technology who have received IWA Fellowships


The Australian Water Partnership will be hosting the Australian Pavilion and invites you to visit - find what the AWP Partners are up to or use the booth as a meeting point for your networking.

Learn from your Australian colleagues at their presentations 

1. On how Australians are leading the way with technology

Novel Techniques For The Recovery Of Sulphur And Nitrogen From Contaminated Air At Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP)

  • Novel biofilter system at a wastewater treatment plant, that successfully recovered valuable sulphur and other compounds, such as nitrogen from the contaminated air stream, as useful products

Sewage Treatment Plant Capacity Tracking Tool: A Just-In-Time Planning Concept

  • Sewage Treatment Plant Capacity Assessment Tool (STPCaTT) includes a dashboard with predicted upgrade years for each major process unit. The STPCaTT has the capability to drive continual stress testing and condition monitoring, improve operational knowledge of the treatment plant, reduce risks and allow for sensitivity testing and scenario modelling.

A Low-resource, Field-based Assay To Detect Human Faecal Pollution In Water

  • We developed a field-based, low resource assay to detect human faecal pollution in water. The assay uses dipstick technology reminiscent of an at-home pregnancy test, where endpoint results are reported as a series of bars on an absorbent strip.  Once the water sample has been filtered and DNA extracted, the assay can be run and results reported in as little as 30 minutes.

2. On how we are working for better community outcomes

Identifying The Key Motivations For High Water Use In Remote Indigenous Communities Using A Socio-technical Approach

  • Collaborative research project with remote Indigenous communities in Australia to co-develop, trial and evaluate community-based water demand management strategies. Outdoor water use and water-related energy was reduced by up to 40% and 25% respectively in some of the communities, although use rebounded in all three communities, confirming that ongoing, in-community championing of such strategies are required to promote long-term behaviour change

Planning For Water Wise Cities In Victoria, Australia - Implementing An Integrated Water Management (IWM) Framework

  • To address the challenges associated with integrated planning across the water cycle, community and urban planning, and to harness the involvement of the multiple relevant organisations, a framework was developed. At its core, the Framework involves the establishment of Integrated Water Management Forums across Victoria. These forums have a strong focus on inspiring the identification, prioritization and delivery of IWM solutions.

Accelerating Water Sensitive City Transitions: Insights From Australian Cities

  • The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities has developed a suite of participatory methods and associated tools for developing strategic guidance for cities wanting to accelerate their transition to their envisioned water future. Transition strategies were developed for six Australian cities that detailed a local water story, a benchmark of the city’s current water sensitive performance, a shared future water sensitive vision, and strategies for overcoming current barriers and achieving the vision.

3. Connect with others and share your ideas at workshops and forums

  • About the Basin-Connected Cities Forum will focus on how cities, regulators, utilities, industry, can work with basin and water resource agencies to become better water stewards in their watersheds to secure the water resource, protect water quality and prepare (and respond) to extreme events.


  • Sustainable Development Goals: Beyond Benchmarking and Business As Usual workshop will showcase examples where organizations have moved beyond benchmarking their current contributions to the SDGs and are using the goals to influence strategy and drive business decisions. This workshop will move the conversation to one about using the goals to drive business decisions and how this can and is being done.


  • The People Management II – A vision for cultural change through diversity workshop will present practical learnings on how to build better cultures and behaviours to support diversity in the workplace. It will also present a model to share content, successes, and challenges to assist individual leaders and participants to drive the cultural change required for success.


  • The International Approaches To Water Efficiency Labelling workshop will provide a forum to discuss the policy aspects of labelling linked with wider sustainable water management strategies. Labelling schemes have been shown in the USA and Australia to have significant benefits for reducing water and energy use, carbon emissions and reducing household bills.


  • The workshop Taste and odour compounds and algal toxins in water: Management strategies in an era of extreme climate and urban growth will feature oral presentations from international leading experts will provide information about latest development in management of taste and odour, and algal toxin related challenges in urban waters and under the influence of climate change.

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