Queensland and the US state of Nevada might seem like unlikely collaborators, but the two are working together to future-proof their urban water-supply systems.

With similar dry climates and strong interest and expertise in water management, the two states have a surprising amount in common.

Queensland and Nevada became sister states in February this year, when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with the Governor of Nevada, The Honourable Brian Sandoval.

Governor Sandoval was in Brisbane in late August to finalise a partnership between Queensland Urban Utilities and the Nevada-based company WaterStart.

His visit also coincided with a joint water-innovation workshop attended by some of Queensland’s best water-tech businesses.

Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham said the workshop was about partnering internationally to ensure both governments could continue to supply water for the future.

‘This partnership between Queensland Urban Utilities and WaterStart is about creating more success stories,’ he said.

‘[It] puts water supply experts and technology company representatives from Queensland and Nevada in the same room to share ideas, build relationships and create connections.

‘The WaterStart partnership will help to speed up the innovation cycle, assist our water utilities to drive efficiencies and better manage risk while providing an opportunity for Queensland’s innovative companies to take our practical management solutions to the world.’

Also attending the workshop were Anthony Christensen and Antonio Lovisi from TIQ’s Brisbane-based Mining and Resources team, which helped to recruit the Queensland water-tech experts who attended the workshop.

TIQ was also involved in developing an earlier agreement with Nevada that included cooperation on water management, and TIQ staff contributed to the development of the sister-state agreement.

For information about the water partnership, or for advice on exporting your water-tech product into other markets, contact TIQ’s Mining and Resources team.

Increasing Queensland exports is one of the targets of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.