Smart Water Fund Changes
The Smart Water Fund was established by the Victorian Water Industry in 2002 as a key part of the industry's response to the ongoing challenges posed by climate change and water scarcity. Over the last decade the Fund has invested $50M in over 230 innovative projects across eight research themes. In recent months, the Smart Water Fund Board has undertaken a strategic review of the organisation to identify the next phase of innovation and knowledge sharing for Victoria’s water industry. The outcome of this review has recognised the need to imbed the pursuit of innovation within the water businesses and ensure the continual sharing of knowledge. As a result the Fund will no longer be investing in any new projects and operations will cease in 2017.
As a key part of this new model the Smart Water Fund Knowledge Hub has officially moved to a new home on the Clearwater website resource library to ensure the benefits of research conducted to date continue to be shared with the industry for many years to come. Visitors who are looking for a Smart Water Fund Project may click on any link and will be redirected to the Clearwater resource library that contains a full list of Smart Water Projects available.
All existing research contracts will be completed under the new Smart Water Fund model, which will operate under the guidance of Melbourne Water. Smart Water Fund staff have relocated to Melbourne Water's office in Docklands to oversee the projects until 2017.