Discussion paper

Action for healthy waterways

This document sets out proposals stop the degradation of waterways and restore them to a healthy state. It seeks feedback on a new National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management, National Environmental Standards for Freshwater, Sources of Drinking Water, and Wastewater, and regulations under Section 360...

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...
Literature review

The impact of urbanisation and stormwater management practices on water balances and nutrient pathways in areas of high groundwater: a review of recent literature

The need to understand the impact of urbanisation and changing land use on water and solute mass balances in the groundwater underlying urban areas has been increasingly recognised over the past 25 years. Groundwater resources are now included, for example, as part of integrated urban...
Case study

Kings Square raingardens

Application of water sensitive urban design strategies to provide retention, ltration, litter management and bio- retention outcomes, as well as improvements to local amenity. The Kings Square development in Perth’s central business district is part of Perth City Link – an urban renewal project including...
Case study

Adelaide Airport irrigation trial

Irrigating airport land for heat reduction benefits.
Case study

Elizabeth Street catchment integrated water cycle management plan

Strategically implementing storage and permeable surfaces to mitigate flood risks. The Elizabeth Street Catchment Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM) Plan aims to mitigate the extreme flood risks present in the 308-hectare Elizabeth Street Catchment. The plan includes a suite of targets, projects and initiatives to...
Case study

Central Park recycled water scheme

World’s biggest recycled water facility in the basement of a residential building.
Case study

Randolph Avenue streetscape upgrade

The Randolph Avenue streetscape upgrade converts an underutilised space into a softer, more environmentally friendly area through the inclusion of raingardens. It improves local amenities, and achieves stormwater quality objectives. This project was delivered as a pilot project to demonstrate street level action that can...
Case study

Salisbury alternative water scheme

Treated stormwater and native groundwater treated to a standard fit for purpose. Non-drinking water in the City of Salisbury is called ‘Salisbury Water’ and is a mix of treated stormwater and native groundwater which is used to irrigate parks, reserves, and schools. It is also...
Case study

Small Creek naturalisation

Restoration of the Small Creek concrete channel to a more natural waterway, co-designed with the community. Transformation of 1.6km of existing concrete channel into a natural waterway. The channel is located in a heavily urbanised catchment and works will take place over five years of...
Case study

Kalamunda managed aquifer recharge project

Water proofing urban parklands using managed aquifer recharge (MAR). The Hartfield Park managed aquifer recharge (MAR) project in the Shire of Kalamunda involves recharging an aquifer under controlled conditions to store water for later abstraction for irrigation use. The scheme harvests approximately 30% of high...
Case study

Kalkallo stormwater harvesting and reuse

The first facility in Australia attempting to harvest and treat stormwater to a standard acceptable for direct injection into the drinking water system. The Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Scheme is the first facility in Australia attempting to harvest and treat stormwater to a standard...
Case study

Angus Creek stormwater and reuse scheme

Stormwater harvesting and reuse scheme for a major water user in urban Sydney.

Integrated multi-functional urban water systems: key findings from project C4.1

The traditional use of water in our cities severely distorts the natural water cycle, consuming potable water for purposes such as toilet flushing and irrigation, whilst discharging excessive volumes of stormwater runoff and wastewater. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) offers a new approach to urban...
Case study

The South Bank rain bank case study: Urban stormwater irrigating Brisbane’s iconic parkland

Illustrated case study reporting on South Bank Rain Bank. The case study gives the status of the development, the drivers, the new technology used, the costs, the outcomes and the lessons learned.
Case study

Orange stormwater to potable: Building urban water supply diversity

Case study of a stormwater project in Orange, NSW. Storm water is routed to an existing facility which filters to create potable water. The report covers drivers, costs, innovations, outcomes and learnings.

Understanding the role of the water sector in urban liveability and greening interventions: Case studies on Barcelona, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Melbourne

Across the world, the role and functionality of urban water utilities has evolved over time, in response to urban challenges. The role of the urban water sector in each region has generally begun with water supply, and then been followed by sewerage, drainage, environmental protection...
Conference paper

Uniting urban agriculture and stormwater management: the example of the 'vegetable raingarden'

This paper investigates the potential to produce vegetables in raingardens through a 5-month greenhouse (pot) experiment and a 1.5-year field trial. The results indicate that it is possible to produce adequate yield in raingardens and the function of raingardens in reducing urban runoff (in terms...
Conference paper

An indexing model for assessing stormwater quality in the Gold Coast

This paper discusses issues affecting stormwater quality and introduces a new indexing model that is to be used in evaluation of stormwater quality in urban areas.
Conference paper

An SVG simulation tool for stormwater harvesting systems in the City of Salisbury

A Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) simulation tool has been developed for the optimal management and risk assessment of urban stormwater harvesting systems. The aim is to create a tool to model the Helps Road Drain in the City of Salisbury, South Australia.