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Water – Stewart Burn


Unlike most of the resources we consume there is no alternative for water – it is the only natural resource with no substitute. Today over 6bn people share the same volume of water that 1.6bn did a hundred years ago.

Professor Stewart Burn – Stream Leader of Infrastructure Technologies, CSIRO

Stewart is Stream Leader of Infrastructure Technologies at CSIRO in Australia. His work includes fundamental research on the deterioration and management of urban water networks and the development of asset management, planning, prioritisation and risk assessment systems for these networks. He is also involved in developing methodologies to allow the transition of existing systems to more sustainable states through the adoption of decentralised technologies and the development of water treatment technologies to recover resources from wastewater.

Stewart was instrumental in establishing CSIRO’s Urban Water research area where he has an interest in water, wastewater and storm-water research. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Victoria, Australia, is chairman of several Australian and international standards committees and is also an Associate Editor for Water Science and technology and Editor for Water Asset Management International.

Read Stewart’s views on the Future of Water

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