Smart Water projects to receive $1 million

The Fund is an initiative of the Victorian water industry and the Victorian Government with five funding partners: City West Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley and the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Since starting in 2002, the Smart Water Fund has invested in over 195 projects that have received total funding of approximately $30 million.

 ?The announcement of the next round of funding provides an excellent opportunity for Smart Water Fund to continue to invest in leading edge research and innovation on behalf of Victoria?s water utilities,? Smart Water Fund CEO Christine Cussen said.

The next round of funding will be the Smart Water Fund?s 10th round, with applications opening in mid-October. It will be open to commercial businesses, research institutions and consulting firms for projects able to demonstrate benefits and value to the Smart Water Fund Joint Venture partners. Specifically it will seek applications in the areas of:

? Resource recovery in energy or mineral recovery and opportunities in carbon sequestration as a result of carbon pricing introductions.
? Innovation in asset planning, construction, maintenance and renewal with the potential to enhance industry productivity or reduce costs.

?It has been some time since the Smart Water Fund has gone to the external market to source best practice innovation outside the utility sector and we remain confident that these new investments will add significant value to Victoria?s urban water utilities and their customers,? Cussen said.

Further information including funding guidelines and applications will be available on the Smart Water Fund website from mid-October. Interested organisations are invited to register their details on the website to receive notification of the opening of the funding round.

Source: Smart Water Fund

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