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May 24, 2004

Water expert leads SA on journey to water sustainability

South Australia needs to face up to the issue of water scarcity in the coming years and take action now according to Adelaide Thinker in Residence and leading expert on river health and ecology, Professor Peter Cullen.

Prof Cullen says the likelihood of declining rainfall and increasing salinity in the Murray together with the Government’s proposal to increase population to 2 million means Adelaide is already facing a significant squeeze on its water resources.

Prof Cullen will put forward his ten-step journey to water sustainability in his free public lecture Making Waves: Water Challenges for Adelaide in the 21st Century, jointly presented by Adelaide Thinkers in Residence and UniSA’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, on Tuesday 25 May, 6.00pm, Adelaide Town Hall.

“The squeeze on scarce water resources is going to force the community to rethink how it uses water, and to explore alternative sources of water,” said Prof Cullen.

Water recycling, use of urban stormwater and desalination are some of the possible strategies that Prof Cullen will explore.

“South Australia needs to consider ways to reduce the demand for water by introducing demand management tools. We need to find opportunities to save water in irrigation areas and to start managing groundwater more effectively.

“But the threat to Adelaide’s water security also provides opportunities. I’d beg the questions, Does South Australia dare to embrace world’s best practice in managing urban and rural waters? Can it show national leadership and show upstream States how to live with our country rather than trying to subdue it?”

“South Australia has the opportunity to become a smart State and lead others in the water revolution.”

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