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Microbial quality of untreated stormwater in Australian catchments: human health perspectives

Summary Reusing stormwater runoff can improve water security by reducing demand for ground water and potable water supplies. Whilst the number of stormwater harvesting schemes in Australia is increasing, the full potential of stormwater as an alternate water source is…
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  • Date Published: 1st Aug 2017

Mechanisms for unpacking socio-institutional pathways for change: a research compendium from A4.1

This report brings together a rich body of work from across three key sub-projects of Program A, Project A4.1: institutional capacity, community receptivity, and co-design innovation. It outlines how the insights generated from the key research projects can assist with:…
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  • Date Published: 14th Aug 2017

WSC Toolkit and Microclimate Module (NSW)

The WSC Toolkit is a simple-to-use rapid assessment tool for identifying the multiple benefits of a range of water sensitive urban design technology and green infrastructure options in urban environments. Justifying the multiple benefits of implementing such water sensitive assets…
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Framework for the optimization of operation and design of systems with different alternative water sources

Abstract Water security has become an increasing concern for many water system managers due to climate change and increased population. In order to improve the security of supply, alternative sources such as harvested stormwater, recycled wastewater and desalination are becoming…
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  • Date Published: 12th Apr 2017

Pesticide occurrence and spatio-temporal variability in urban run-off across Australia

Abstract Stormwater is a major driving factor of aquatic ecosystem degradation as well as one of the largest untapped urban freshwater resources. We present results from a long-term, multi-catchment study of urban stormwater pesticides across Australia that addresses this dichotomous…
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  • Date Published: 15th May 2017

Valuing the benefits of local stormwater management

Introduction How much is the community willing to pay for additional improvements of local stormwater management? Which benefits are valued the most? Are these preferences reflected in current public policy? A recent study has found that the community places a very high…
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  • Date Published: 9th May 2017

Alternative Water Sources Pumping Optimisation Tool for the Orange Water Supply System

Abstract These slides were presented on Thursday 23rd of June 2016 to Orange City Council (NSW) and Geolyse to transfer the software tool developed for the optimisation of pumping operations in water distribution systems that use alternative water sources. This…
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  • Date Published: 23rd Jun 2016

Phosphorus Fate and Dynamics in Greywater Biofiltration Systems

Abstract Phosphorus, a critical environmental pollutant, is effectively removed from stormwater by biofiltration systems, mainly via sedimentation and straining. However, the fate of dissolved inflow phosphorus concentrations in these systems is unknown. Given the growing interest in using biofiltration systems…
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  • Date Published: 21st Feb 2017

Integrative risk assessment and management for recycled water schemes: an Australian study

Presentation:  Integrative risk assessment and management for recycled water schemes: an Australian study. Presented by Camilla West at the  6th International Disaster and Risk Conference, 28 August - 1 September 2016, Davos, Switzerland.   Citation: West, C. (2016).  Integrative risk…
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  • Date Published: 28th Aug 2016

Sulfide and methane production in sewer sediments: Field survey and model evaluation

Abstract Sewer sediment processes have been reported to significantly contribute to overall sulfide and methane production in sewers, at a scale comparable to that of sewer biofilms. The physiochemical and biological characteristics of sewer sediments are heterogeneous; however, the variability…
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  • Date Published: 1st Feb 2016

Why do residential recycled water schemes fail? A comprehensive review of risk factors and impact on objectives

Abstract In Australia, recycled water schemes have been implemented in residential developments to contribute to sustainable urban development, improve water supply security and reduce pollutant discharges to the environment. A proportion of these schemes, however, have been decommissioned well before…
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  • Date Published: 1st Oct 2016

SeweX modelling to support corrosion and odour management in sewers

Abstract Sewer corrosion and odour problems are common worldwide. The annual cost of rehabilitation of corroded sewers and other mitigation actions was estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars in Australia alone. This cost is likely to increase as the…
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  • Date Published: 1st Nov 2015

Toxicity characterization of urban stormwater with bioanalytical tools

Abstract Stormwater harvesting has become an attractive alternative strategy to address the rising demand for urban water supply due to limited water sources and population growth. Nevertheless, urban stormwater is also a major source of surface water pollution. Runoff from…
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  • Date Published: 1st Oct 2013

Characterisation of chemical hazards in stormwater

Summary The current report summarises the findings of a two phase investigation into the presence of chemicals in Australian stormwater (urban runoff). The data was produced within project C1.2 Cities as Water Supply Catchments – Risk and Health: Understanding Stormwater…
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  • Date Published: 10th Apr 2017

Operationalising resilience to drought: Multi-layered safety for flooding applied to droughts

Abstract This paper sets out a way of thinking about how to prepare for and respond to droughts in a holistic way using a framework developed for managing floods. It shows how the multi-layered safety (MLS) approach for flood resilience…
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  • Date Published: 27th Nov 2014

The ‘Urban Oasis’: High Resolution Landsat 5TM and ASTER Thermal Imagery Shows the Influence of Water Usage on City-Wide Temperatures in Dubbo, Australia

Presentation: The 'Urban Oasis’: High Resolution Landsat 5TM and ASTER Thermal Imagery Shows the Influence of Water Usage on City-Wide Temperatures in Dubbo, Australia. Presented at the 9th International Conference on Urban Climate/12th Symposium on the Urban Environment, 20-24 July…
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  • Date Published: 24th Jul 2015

Multi-stakeholder scenarios for decision-making in the face of climate change: the matter of scale

Abstract There is widespread recognition that climate change will affect cities and regions worldwide. Projected impacts of climate change will be spatially non-uniform and the ability of communities to respond to those impacts will also vary significantly. Assisting multi-level decision-making…
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  • Date Published: 1st Oct 2014

Configuring transformative governance to enhance resilient urban water systems

Abstract Governance reforms are required to establish adaptive and resilient urban water resource management that takes into account complexity, uncertainty and immediate and long term change. This paper details the outcomes of a qualitative, social science research project, drawing on…
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  • Date Published: 1st Jan 2013

Putting One’s Money Where One’s Mouth is: Increasing Saliency in the Field

Abstract We present a novel approach to address the difference between stated and paid choices and evaluate its effectiveness using a field experiment. In an experiment on local water management, some households were randomly treated with the saliency method. This…
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  • Date Published: 2nd Jun 2014
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