Water Futures is based in Australia with permanently staffed offices in Sydney and the Gold Coast and a part-time office in Shanghai, China. We provide support to water services providers in solving complex technical problems. Jurisdictions in which we have provided services include Australia, New Zealand, China (particularly Hong Kong and Shanghai), United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, India, United States, Germany, Lao PDR, Canada, Cambodia and Singapore.
Our core expertise and experience relates to water science and the assessment and management of product quality risks across the urban water cycle (drinking water, recycled water, wastewater, stormwater, biosolids, residuals and recreational water). We also have significant hands on experience working in the water utilities sector, from the practical implementation of water risk frameworks and management systems to advising Water Utility Executives and Boards.
Examples of support provided across the catchment to customer urban water cycle include:
  • product quality risk assessment and management planning
  • water and environment policy and planning advice
  • integrating product quality with asset, environmental and safety management
  • independent assessment of treatment needs and options
  • technical training and competency assessment
  • technical workshop and process facilitation and stakeholder consultation
  • technical process gap analysis, benchmarking and optimisation
  • management system auditing and certification (refer to our scopes, below) of utilities, contractors and laboratories
  • water monitoring program design and optimisation
  • water asset investment prioritisation
  • incident preparedness planning and scenario planning
  • operational support during incident and emergency event response
We have two technical staff with our core disciplines being in water and wastewater microbiology and chemistry. Our professional experience is summarised below. Much of our work is undertaken as part of larger teams including engineers, planners, natural resources scientists, strategists, economists, social scientists, communicators and academics. We maintain close links with academic researchers, particularly University of NSW and University of Queensland. This includes being part of Water Research Australia and providing regular training in water and recycled water management through IWES.

Dr Daniel Deere

Email: dan@waterfutures.net.au
Phone: +61 409 283 737
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-deere-02009b115/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Deere
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  • Water Quality Specialist, Water Futures (2003 onwards)
  • Catchments Program Manager for Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (now Water Research Australia) (2001-8)
  • Principal Scientist and Manager of Science and Research at Sydney Catchment Authority (now part of WaterNSW) (2000-03)
  • Water Quality Branch Manager and Senior Microbiologist at South East Water (1998-2000)
  • Water Quality Specialist, CMPS&F (now part of GHD) (1997-8)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Macquarie University (1996-7)
  • Validation Scientist at Evans Medical, UK (now part of Medeva Pharmaceuticals) (1996)


  • MBA, (Technology Management), La Trobe University, Australia, (2006)
  • PhD, Water Microbiology, Liverpool Univ. and Inst. of Freshwater Ecology, UK (1995)
  • BSc (H1), Biotechnology, Leeds Univ., UK (1992)

Dr Arran Canning

Email: arran@waterfutures.net.au
Phone +61 458 585 347
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/arran-canning-503b7123/


  • Water Quality Specialist, Water Futures (2019 onwards)
  • General Manager Asset Portfolio Development & Delivery at Seqwater (2017-19)
  • Manager Asset Planning at Seqwater (2016-17)
  • Manager Water Quality, Environment and Process Improvement at Seqwater (2015-16)
  • Manager Water Quality & Environment at Seqwater (2010-15)
  • Manager Drinking Water Quality at Seqwater (2008-10)
  • Coordinator Product Quality at Gold Coast Water (2005-08)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Glasgow (2002-05)
  • Research Scientist at Neumann Zeolite (2000-02)


  • General Management Program at Melbourne Business School (2016)
  • PhD, Chemistry, University of Queensland, Australia (2000)
  • BSc Honours, Chemistry, University of Queensland, Australia (1995)
  • BSc, University of Queensland, Australia (1994)

Formal auditing and certification services can be undertaken in the context of the following schemes:

  • Exemplar Global Lead Management Systems Auditor/Skill Examiner (ID 022400):
    • Drinking Water Quality Management Systems
    • Recycled Water Quality Management Systems
    • Food Safety Management Systems (HACCP/ISO 22000).
  • Water Industry Competition Act 2006 (New South Wales) Water Licensing and Technical Services Panel Lead Auditor for IPART in categories:
  • Drinking water quality; Recycled water quality; Sewage management; Sustainability assessment; Environmental management; Licence and regulatory compliance; and Retail.
  • Public Health Act 1997 (Tas) Drinking Water Auditor for Dept. Health and Human Services.
  • Safe Drinking Water Act 2011 (SA) Auditor (Level 1) for SA Health.
  • Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 (Vic) Auditor for Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (Qld) Drinking Water Quality Management Plan Auditor for Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.
  • Aquality (drinking water quality management) and Requality (recycled water quality management) Moderating Auditor for Utility Benchmarking for the Water Services Association of Australia.
  • National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Laboratory and Testing Facilities Assessor (AIN 18697).