Around the globe, city dwellers and planners are rethinking the way we capture, store and manage urban water. A new Australian centre, with more than A$100 million and a spectrum of expertise on tap, is ready to lead the way. By the middle of this century, the number of people living in urban areas will reach 6.3 billion. United Nations modelling tells us that the world’s rural populace will shrink during this period, while the centres of concrete and steel grow to accommodate more than 70 per cent of the world’s population and apply increasing human pressure on the planet. Water plays a central role in this mass agglomeration.

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