Water Resources Minister John Kobelke will promote Western Australia as a world leader in securing water supplies in the face of a changing climate at the 2008 Singapore International Water Week.
Mr Kobelke was invited to attend the Water Leaders Summit and Australian Business Forum from June 23 to 27 by Singaporean Environment and Water Resources Minister Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.
The Minister will join other Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at the event, as well as senior government officials, top industry leaders and water specialists from around the world who will gather to discuss water policies, solutions and technology.
Mr Kobelke said WA had a great story to tell when it came to water innovation and future planning.
“The theme of the 2008 Singapore International Water Week is Sustainable Water Solutions for Cities, highlighting the urgent need for cities worldwide to look for sustainable water solutions such as water re-use and desalination,” he said.
“I will be telling the delegation in Singapore about how WA leads the way in Australia in protecting our water future, particularly after we commissioned Australia’s first major seawater desalination plant in 2006.
“WA was the first Australian State to respond to a drying climate and promote large-scale conservation and source development initiatives.
“The Waterwise Program, which includes rosters on the use of reticulation systems, has contributed to a saving of 45 billion litres of water each year on expected consumption since 2001.
“We’re on track to save even more water this year, with Perth households saving more than 50 billion litres since July last year.
“This outstanding achievement by our community demonstrates just how far WA has come in water conservation and planning for the future and I’ll be proud to highlight the State’s success to the rest of the world in Singapore.”
Mr Kobelke leaves for Singapore on Sunday.
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