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Getting the message right: The use of frames, community-friendly terminology and visuals

An important aspect of effectively engaging communities in a water sensitive future is to communicate messages using easy to understand terminology, appealing visuals and suitable message framing. The findings from Project A2.3 indicate that messages need to be tailored to…
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  • Date Published: 16th Oct 2017

From water engineers to financial engineering: Water provision in Australia’s East Coast capital cities, 1945-2015

Abstract This article analyzes the provision of urban water in Australia's three east coast capital cities - Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne - from the big dams of post-World War II years to recently completed desalination plants. We trace how major…
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  • Date Published: 1st Feb 2017

The allure of climate and water independence: desalination projects in Perth and San Diego

Abstract In the past decade, Perth and San Diego have both added desalination technology to their suite of water resources. In both contexts, the "independence" that desalination purportedly offers is a shorthand for diversification and drought-proofing in places where future…
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  • Date Published: 13th Feb 2017

Overcoming abundance: Social capital and managing floods in inner Melbourne during the nineteenth century

Abstract Before effective drainage and flood protection systems were built in the early twentieth century, areas of inner Melbourne close to the Yarra River were prone to flooding. An overabundance of water and a need to limit its impact on…
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  • Date Published: 14th Feb 2017

Water technology and the urban environment: Water, sewerage, and disease in San Francisco and Melbourne before 1920

Abstract The challenges cities face in supplying safe water and disposing effectively of sewerage and wastewater are affected by historical and environmental conditions and the long-standing effects of choices of infrastructure. This article provides case studies of two similar cities,…
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  • Date Published: 12th Feb 2017

Water and the making of Californian and Australian cities: Introduction

Abstract The articles in this special issue draw on examples from Californian and Australian history to consider how people have met the challenges of securing adequate water supplies and managing water issues in urban settings. Through studies in which water,…
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  • Date Published: 14th Feb 2017

Changing water habits after drought: Why garden watering was easier to change than showering

Summary Past experience has shown that communities can change habits and reduce water use during times of crisis but a critical question is whether these habits persist after the crisis and why? Social practice theory can be used to answer…
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  • Date Published: 24th Jan 2017

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): How can social norms be leveraged to promote water sensitive cities?

What innovative, non-price approaches are available to manage water demand? How can current conservation programs be modified to better promote water savings, particularly amongst high-use households? Is there a way to harness people’s pre-existing beliefs and motivations in order to…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

CRCWSC Industry Note (2016): Water and the Australian city: lessons from history

Most Australians live in suburban, single-family, detached houses. This historical and continuing housing preference means that providing water and sewerage services are expensive. Australians have traditionally been profligate with water, but have always shown remarkable willingness to adapt water usage…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2016

Community knowledge about water: Who has better water-related knowledge and is this important?

Integrated water management involves integrating investment, policy, and technological solutions to pursue water security and waterway protection. Many water management approaches promote engaging with the community – not only for targeting household water demand or individual behaviours, but as a…
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  • Date Published: 30th Nov 2015

Community understanding of water terminology

Abstract The current report describes research conducted as part of the A2.3 project: Engaging communities with water  sensitive cities. The research contributes to developing an understanding of what water terms are more or less community-friendly, that is, understood and used…
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  • Date Published: 30th Sep 2016

Community knowledge about water: who has better knowledge and is this associated with water-related behaviours and support for water-related policies?

Abstract Sustainable approaches to water management require broad community acceptance of changes in policy, practice and technology, which in turn, requires an engaged community. A critical first step in building an engaged community is to identify community knowledge about water…
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  • Date Published: 18th Jul 2016

Water, history and the Australian city: Urbanism, suburbanism and water in a dry continent, 1788-2015

Abstract This report provides the historical context for Australian urban and suburban development in the period since European colonisation in 1788. The report is a deliverable for Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) project on ‘Understanding social processes…
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  • Date Published: 21st Jul 2016

Social comparisons, household water use, and participation in utility conservation programs: evidence from three randomized trials

Abstract Regulation and political opposition often force water utilities to rely on nonprice approaches to manage water demand. Using randomized field experiments in three different water utilities, we assess the effectiveness of social comparisons to reduce demand and analyze their…
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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2015

Australian Domestic Water Use Cultures: A Literature Review

This literature review is part of  the CRCWSC project 'Understanding social processes to achieve water sensitive futures' (Project A2.1). The objectives of this project are to understand the social and historical processes of water use in Australian cities. The aim…
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  • Date Published: 30th Jun 2013
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