Investing in Tomorrow: Unitywater Joins WaterStart to Deliver Innovation Initiatives

by K Leung
Wave Blue
Press
Oct 22, 2019
Unitywater joins WaterStart for water innovation

Pictured: Nathan Allen, WaterStart Executive Director (left) with Kenan Hibberd, Unitywater Executive Manager People Culture and Safety (centre) and Kim Fridman, WaterStart Project Coordinator (right)

Brisbane, QLD – WaterStart is proud to welcome Unitywater into its membership. A progressive utility with innovation and reliability among its core values, Unitywater is celebrated for its commitment to look after their communities now and into the future.

Unitywater operates in one of the fastest growing regions of Australia, providing essential sewage treatment and water supply services to about 17% of Queensland’s population. The communities of Moreton Bay, Noosa and Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland that are serviced by Unitywater are projected to grow to more than 1.046 million by 2031.

The partnership with WaterStart ensures Unitywater continues to invest in technology and infrastructure that meets the future needs of the growing region in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.

“Our customers and our people are at the heart of everything we do at Unitywater, where our core purpose is keeping communities healthy.”

Kenan Hibberd, Unitywater Executive Manager People Culture and Safety

“We’re excited about this partnership with WaterStart. We are confident it will produce great benefits for our customers, our people and our organisation as a whole.

“Unitywater is an enthusiastic innovator and adopter of new technology. Over the past 18 months, we have trialed a range of products to improve the way we monitor and maintain our water and sewer networks.

“Our collaboration with WaterStart will allow us to take this approach to the next level and enable us to identify innovative solutions to the most common issues facing the water industry.”

Unitywater has taken a people-first approach to seeking and adopting innovation, ensuring that new technology addresses their strategic priorities to enhance customer value, improve sustainability, pursue efficiency and develop their people.

“This partnership between WaterStart and Unitywater opens up new avenues to sourcing innovative technologies with compelling solutions.”

Nathan Allen, WaterStart Executive Director

“From specialised water and sewer network solutions to real-time water quality monitoring technology, our unique position bridges the water and innovation sectors allowing us to identify new technology that directly services a critical need of our members.

“We are proud to be working with an organisation whose mission aligns closely with WaterStart’s ethos of more, safer, cheaper water. WaterStart will help Unitywater to deliver on its customer promise of 24/7 high-quality, safe and reliable water and sewerage services.”

About WaterStart

WaterStart is a unique not-for-profit organisation with a mission to solve critical challenges facing the water industry today by accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies and management practices. Established in 2013 in Nevada (US), WaterStart expanded into Queensland in early 2018 with the support of the Queensland Government. WaterStart leverages the strategic resources and expertise of its network to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of water innovation. For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.

About Unitywater

Unitywater provides essential sewage treatment and water supply services to communities in the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions of South East Queensland. Unitywater’s purpose is keeping communities healthy and its vision is to be a sustainable, industry-leading community and customer-oriented water and allied services business. Every day Unitywater operates and maintains more than $3.4 billion of essential infrastructure, delivers quality drinking water and treats 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of sewage for approximately 17% of Queensland’s population.