Research Into Practice

Central to the implementation of WaterVal as a national validation framework is the quality, robustness and adoption of the individual validation protocols. Through engagement and collaboration between the researchers, project partners and the Protocol Development Group, the validation protocols represent the translation of industry best practice as well as any new research findings.

To ensure a smooth transition between the research outputs and the final validation protocols, industry and regulators have agreed an implementation program, including a process for the systematic and independent review, endorsement and trialling of all protocols once finalised. A protocol template has been agreed to facilitate consistency between protocols.

Recognising the importance of continuous improvement, these validation protocols will be reviewed and updated to reflect the learning by industry and regulators as these are applied.

Additionally, it is proposed that additional protocols will be developed – based on the needs of industry and regulators using WaterVal to incorporate available knowledge, nationally and internationally, as well as further research to fill key knowledge gaps.

The Protocol Development Group is currently coordinating wider industry consultation on the protocol development. For more information on individual protocols please contact

What is WaterVal?

WaterVal provides a nationally consistent approach to the validation of water treatment technologies to enhance confidence in managing water treatment and supply.

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WaterVal benefits are delivered through an integrated management framework, including technology validation protocols, expert technical assessment, certification and data/information management functions.

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The 9 Elements

Based on national and international best practice, and backed by rigorous scientific research, each WaterVal protocol includes nine elements of validation, ensuring consistency and uniformity for users.

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Why WaterVal?

Current treatment technology validation arrangements across Australia are often duplicative. Higher costs, inconsistencies and longer times to achieve validation can inhibit innovation and efficiency, while potentially increasing the risks to water management outcomes.

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