The University of Newcastle and Hunter Water have announced a series of wastewater research initiatives under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).


The MoU signed by the University’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) provides opportunities to expand the University’s technical, social and environmental expertise in water management alongside Hunter Water.


NIER Director Dr Alan Broadfoot said the MoU would deliver a significant research program and substantial benefits to the Hunter and beyond.


"The MoU builds on previous collaborations and provides a framework for Hunter Water and NIER to conduct research on sustainable urban water management,” Dr Broadfoot said.


“Together, we will focus on the areas of water quality, security of supply, and local and global environmental impacts, and increase the understanding of the social impact of urban water management.”


Newcastle University has also announced that it is working with Hunter Water to investigate the potential for heat to be harvested from the region’s wastewater system for use in residential and commercial buildings and sewerage treatment facilities.