“At the moment, our Innovation Program is delivering 63 initiatives, of which six key projects are targeting anticipated benefits of up to $4 million in efficiencies, savings and offsets for our business.
“Working with WaterStart will allow us to tap into research and technology around the world and give us an opportunity to share insights from our Innovation Program with international partners.”
WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen said the organisation was excited to work with Queensland Urban Utilities to enter the Australian market.
“Water and wastewater utilities around the world face common challenges and WaterStart enables companies to come together to innovate and share their findings with the industry,” he said.
“Queensland Urban Utilities has a reputation for commitment to innovation, so we’re looking forward to sharing their research and development initiatives with the WaterStart community.”
Mr Allen said the agreement was also good news for Australia’s start-up community.
“This agreement could provide opportunities for technology companies solving challenges in the Australian water and wastewater industry to be introduced to the market in the United States,” he said.
WaterStart was set up in 2013 to provide channels for water innovation by leveraging Nevada’s water expertise, capability and leadership in the academic, public and the private sector. It operates in a region of proven first adopters that are sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development.
Earlier this year, the Queensland Government and the state of Nevada became Sister States, committing to work collaboratively across key industries and opportunities including advancement in water technology.
For information about Queensland Urban Utilities’ Innovation Program, visit www.urbanutilities.com.au/innovation
For information about WaterStart, visit www.waterstart.com