Urban water


RP 3035 final report: modelling uptake of water conservation and efficiency measures in Sydney

The Modelling the Uptake of Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures in Sydney report team worked with Sydney Water’s WaterFix Program to validate their agent based, decision-making model aimed at encouraging consumers to participate in water saving programs.

When water is scarce, we can’t afford to neglect the alternatives to desalination

What is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?

Cities turn to desalination for water security, but at what cost?

This is the first of two articles looking at the increasing reliance of Australian cities on desalination to supply drinking water, with less emphasis on alternatives such as recycling and demand management. So what is the best way forward to achieve urban water security?
Conference paper

Damnation: from the Hinze Dam to the Tugun desalination plant

Australia’s major cities have long relied on large dams as their main source of water. These dams, including Warragamba, are household names in their own cities. Some cities are blessed with good quality catchment areas, most notably Sydney, while others, including Brisbane, have catchments compromised...
Briefing paper

Water health and security: critical policy brief

This policy brief draws upon the expertise of RMIT’s Water: Effective Technologies and Tools (WETT) Research Centre to inform policy makers and the wider community on critical challenges in planning for Victoria’s future water use.
Case study

Dobsons Creek stormwater disconnection project

Improving the health of a high ecological value waterway with stormwater disconnection.

Effectiveness of nitrogen removal using urban wetlands: summary report

This report summarises the Monash University research outcomes for Project B2.2/2.3—Protection and restoration of urban freshwater ecosystems: informing management and planning. Nitrogen management is imperative. Synthetically derived nitrogen and an increase in impervious surfaces have rapidly increased the amount of nitrogen in rivers and coastal...

Benchmarking, envisioning and transition planning for a water sensitive Bendigo: final case report

This is a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy for Bendigo. The project aims to develop tools and processes for bringing city stakeholders together to create strategic alignment and partnerships for transitioning to their envisioned water sensitive future.

Managing the environmental impacts of domestic wastewater

This audit examined whether the environmental and public health impacts of domestic wastewater are being effectively managed.
Blog post

How landscape architecture mitigates the urban heat island effect

This article looks at what the urban heat island effect is and what landscape architects can do to combat it.