Tuesday 29 May 2012
eWater officially launched Source, Australia’s new river-basin and urban water modelling platform, this week at its Source 2012 conference in Canberra.
Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, officially launched Source, Australia’s new river-basin and urban water modelling platform, at eWater's Source 2012 conference this week.
“eWater Source is the result of our best hydrological and ecological science and the sustained collaboration of many of the nation’s water authorities and leading water scientists. For the first time, policy makers and operators can plan and manage the sharing of water for human and ecological use, ranging from local urban systems to an entire river basin.” Senator Farrell said.
Senator Farrell also announced Australian Government funding to support the application of the new Source water modelling platform across Australia, with funding matched by the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland, South Australian, ACT and Northern Territory governments.
Enabling step change improvements in integrated water management, Source is the culmination of more than 20 years of research and development through the eWater CRC and its predecessor CRCs.
The Source modelling platform integrates the economic and environmental uses of water including the planning and delivery of water for cities, irrigation, industry, mining and the environment.
Already applied in more than 100 projects around Australia, Source allows decision-makers to consider the benefits and impacts of future scenarios involving land use improvements, environmental flows, new water infrastructure, and climate change.
Source will play a key role in furthering the implementation of the National Water Initiative (NWI).
The Australian Government, through both the National Water Commission and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, invested a total of more than $11m in the accelerated delivery of the Source modelling platform.
At the Source 2012 conference, more than 150 water industry delegates from around Australia and overseas heard from industry leaders and experts on the applications, capabilities and opportunities of Source.