Water

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Report

National water reform 2020

This report assesses the progress of the Australian, State and Territory governments since 2017 towards achieving the objectives and outcomes of the National Water Initiative (NWI). It also provides practical advice to governments on future directions for national water reform through renewal of the NWI.
Discussion paper

Register of foreign-owned water entitlements: issues paper

The Australian Government established the Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements (the Register) in 2017. The primary aim of the Register is to increase transparency about foreign ownership of Australian water assets and, more broadly, maintain community confidence in Australia’s foreign investment policy. This...
Conference paper

Barriers and drivers to Australian water utilities’ adaptation to climate change

The water sector is increasingly facing unprecedented challenges and disruptive change, as are many other sectors of the economy. The partial privatisation of water assets is just the beginning of this process and climate change impacts will exacerbate all these challenges. Action needs to be...
Report

Dam shame: the hidden new dams in Australia

Research in this report contradicts claims by federal and state government ministers that new dams are not being built in Australia. The report shows that 20 to 30 large new dams have been recently constructed, funded at least in part by Australian taxpayers.
Strategy

South Australia’s response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission

This strategy shows the South Australian Government's full response to the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission and the Productivity Commission’s five-year assessment – with a continued focus on implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, in full and on time, by 2024.
Working paper

Green-Gray Assessment: how to assess the costs and benefits of green infrastructure for water supply systems

Executive summary A growing body of research shows that healthy watersheds are a vital component of a well-functioning water supply infrastructure system. When green infrastructure is used to complement, substitute, or safeguard traditional gray infrastructure, it can achieve optimal service delivery and save water suppliers...
Report

Quality unknown: the invisible water crisis

This report shows how poor water quality stalls economic progress, stymies human potential, and reduces food production. The report calls for a paradigm shift that emphasizes safer, and often more cost-effective remedies that prevent pollution by combining smarter policies with newer technologies.
Working paper

Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA): a method for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities

WRI and partners at Quantis, LimnoTech and Valuing Nature have developed a new approach for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities. The Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA) meets a critical need in corporate water stewardship: a common method for assessing the benefits of water stewardship...
Technical report

Technical review of the water sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling Unregulated and Alluvial Water Sources 2012

This technical report prepared by Prof. Fran Sheldon from Australian Rivers Institute (Griffith University) reviews the ecology, hydrology, and license types of water along the Barwon-Darling.
Report

Rural water supply in Ethiopia: a political economy analysis

This study examines the political economy of rural water supply in Ethiopia, using a literature review and interviews with government staff and water sector stakeholders to unpick systemic obstacles to sustainable access to water.
Report

Legacy Living Lab – visualisation of smart data and peer-to-peer trading of local renewable energy and alternative water systems from WGV and beyond

The White Gum Valley (WGV) and other projects in the CRC for Low Carbon Living have created rich data for energy and water systems in exemplar low carbon precincts. The stored and dynamic data have been retained through other projects. The utilisation of the data...
Report

What will Modi’s second term mean for the Indian water crisis?

India faces a major water crisis; it is already water scarce and will become even more so without major intervention. The crisis is largely due to years of mismanagement, fragmented governance frameworks and contradictory policy.
Commentary

The Murray-Darling Basin scandal: economists have seen it coming for decades

Billions of dollars have been spent on infrastructure schemes that have failed to deliver any measurable improvement in water flows or the state of the environment, writes John Quiggin.
Report

Operationalising Australian energy benchmarking for efficient, low-carbon wastewater treatment: final report

Wastewater treatment plays a pivotal role in the protection of public and environmental health in urban precincts and in the recovery of scarce water and energy resources for an increasingly urban and growing global population. Yet wastewater treatment operations are among the most energy-intensive within...
Report

Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization

This report covers the activities of utilisation project “Energy efficient swimming pools – engagement and utilization”. This involved project partners: School of PV and RE Engineering, UNSW, Simply Better Pool Savings, and Randwick Council.
Conference paper

Using agent-based modelling techniques to understand and predict water conservation behaviours

This paper develops a pilot model which demonstrates the potential to use agent based modelling to evaluate the potential level of success of potential future water conservation programs or identify ways to improve the adoption existing programs.
Report

Refreshing water: valuing the priceless

This report argues that catchment-level cap-and-trade systems for water abstraction, incorporating both urban and rural water uses, are the best approach for New Zealand to manage water supplies in catchments where water is becoming scarce.
Discussion paper

#WaterMates: the buyers and sellers of Australia’s most controversial water

The Australia Institute has released this additional analysis of the controversial $80 million water deal between the Department of Agriculture and Water and a company domiciled in the Cayman Islands. The analysis shows the close collaboration between the department and the company selling the water...
Statistics

Polling – Murray Darling Basin

The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of Australians in 2018 and in 2019 about their views towards issues surrounding the health and management of the Murray Darling Basin.
Briefing paper

Key issues for the 57th Parliament

This paper provides Members of the 57th Parliament of New South Wales with an authoritative overview of 45 key issues affecting the state in 2019. It presents the latest evidence on key areas for the NSW community such as health, education, crime and justice, housing...