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Water Futures is a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) consultancy based in Sydney, Australia.

Since 2003 Dr Daniel Deere, whose core discipline is environmental microbiology, has provided technical services to health agencies and water and sanitation utilities. His passion is improving public health and water quality utilising nature-based solutions.


Dr Daniel Deere

Dan has over 30 years of experience as a WASH specialist. For the past 20 years he has been a freelance consultant. Prior to that he was employed in a diverse range of organisations, including academia, engineering consultancy, water and sanitation utilities, government, and a cooperative research centre.

He brings expertise in catchment and source water management, monitoring, biological wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, and process and water quality management. Dan typically works collaboratively as part of cross-sectoral multi-discipline teams, including water utilities and industry, regulators, researchers, modellers, and community organisations.


Water Futures provides holistic and environmentally responsible water science and management solutions that safeguard public health, preserve ecosystems, and promote resilience in the face of water-related challenges.

Services include:

  • Systematic review of scientific evidence and provision of recommendations.

  • Management and coordination of technical and research projects.

  • Best practice benchmarking, review, gap analysis, and auditing of water and sanitation management systems and infrastructure.

  • Assessment and management of product quality risks across the water and waste cycle including qualitative and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA).

  • Occupational workplace health and safety assessments for water-related exposures to microbial hazards such as gastrointestinal and opportunistic pathogens.

  • Certified training and competency assessment for WASH sector professionals.

  • Support with drinking water, wastewater, sludge, and recycled water quality management systems, including sanitary surveys, water and sanitation safety plans (WSP and SSP).

  • Optimisation of monitoring programs, including for drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, recycled water, sludge, and wastewater and environmental surveillance (WES)/wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE).

  • Independent evidence-based process performance assessment and validation.

  • Incident and emergency response planning and real-time decision-making.

  • Expert panel and expert witness services to support complex deliberations.

Partnerships & Projects

Water Futures is a Core Industry Partner in the Nature Positive Economy CRC bid spearheaded by the University of Adelaide.

Water Futures is a subscriber/member and actively involved with Water Research Australia, Water Research Foundation, International Water Association, International Water Resources Association, and Australian Water Association


A selection of publicly available past projects include:

Climate-resilient water safety plans: managing health risks associated with climate variability and change.

Geneva: World Health Organization; 2017. [link]


Bushfire Management – National Good Practice Operational Guidelines for the Australian Water Industry,

Melbourne: Water Services Association of Australia, May 2020. [link]


Protecting surface water for health: Identifying, assessing and managing drinking-water quality risks in surface-water catchments,

Geneva: World Health Organization, 2016. [link]


Ad-hoc guidance Wastewater sampling of aircrafts for SARS-CoV-2 surveillance, A guidance document for Member States,

Brussels: European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2023. [link]


Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment for Water Safety Management.

Geneva: World Health Organization; 2016. [link]


Water Futures delivers improved environmental and public health and wellbeing through identifying evidence-based, practical solutions to support the delivery of WASH services that are safe, accessible, acceptable, equitable, affordable and sustainable.

A water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) consultancy based in Sydney, Australia
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