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Understanding social preferences for land use in wastewater treatment plant buffer zones

Abstract This study explores community preferences regarding alternative land uses in wastewater treatment plant buffer zones in Western Australia. The study uses the choice experiment method, and is the first study to apply this method to the context of wastewater…
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  • Date Published: 22nd Jun 2018

Adaptation Tipping Points of a Wetland under a Drying Climate

Abstract Wetlands experience considerable alteration to their hydrology, which typically contributes to a decline in their overall ecological integrity. Wetland management strategies aim to repair wetland hydrology and attenuate wetland loss that is associated with climate change. However, decision makers…
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  • Date Published: 24th Feb 2018

IRP4 takes off with a field trip to Adelaide and Perth

IRP4—Water sensitive outcomes for infill developments—is a new project delivered as part of the CRCWSC’s Tranche 2 research program. The project aims to integrate urban design and urban water system modelling/optimisation, focusing particularly on infill developments occurring in Australian cities.…
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  • Date Published: 24th Apr 2018

Meet our PhDs – Madhu Murali

Hi, I am Madhu Murali I have a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons). Before starting my PhD studies, I worked for two years at the WA Water Corporation’s Wastewater Quality Branch as a graduate engineer. In that role, I dealt…
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  • Date Published: 10th Apr 2018

Interactive Participant Session – IRP2 and IRP4

The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) is hosting an information session on Integrated Research Projects related to Economics  (IRP2) and Infill Development (IRP4) for Participants. The event will include a brief update of ongoing CRCWSC activities by…
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Understanding urban water performance at the city-region scale using an urban water metabolism evaluation framework

Abstract Water sensitive interventions are being promoted to reduce the adverse impacts of urban development on natural water cycles. However it is currently difficult to know the best strategy for their implementation because current and desired urban water performance is…
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  • Date Published: 8th Feb 2018

The most cost-effective ways to maintain public open space with less water

Reduced irrigation water available for public open space (POS) due to groundwater depletion is an emerging problem in many urban areas. Local governments in Perth face mounting pressure to maintain high quality POS while being driven to use less groundwater…
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  • Date Published: 27th Feb 2018

Storm event-scale nutrient attenuation in constructed wetlands experiencing a Mediterranean climate: A comparison of a surface flow and hybrid surface-subsurface flow system

Abstract Among different Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) options, constructed wetlands (CWs) are widely used to protect and support downstream urban waterways from stormwater nutrients. This analysis assessed the nutrient attenuation ability of a novel CW in Western Australia that…
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  • Date Published: 29th Apr 2017

Impact of water allocation strategies to manage groundwater resources in Western Australia: Equity and efficiency considerations

Abstract In many parts of the world groundwater is being depleting at an alarming rate. Where groundwater extraction is licenced, regulators often respond to resource depletion by reducing all individual licences by a fixed proportion. This approach can be effective…
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  • Date Published: 1st Mar 2017

Urban water metabolism indicators derived from a water mass balance – Bridging the gap between visions and performance assessment of urban water resource management

Abstract Improving resource management in urban areas has been enshrined in visions for achieving sustainable urban areas, but to date it has been difficult to quantify performance indicators to help identify more sustainable outcomes, especially for water resources. In this…
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  • Date Published: 29th May 2017

Legal duties for environmental water provisions in Western Australia

Abstract Western Australia has not delivered on its promises to make environmental water provisions (EWPs), including to restore environmentally sustainable flows of water to waterways and wetlands. WA has prioritised water supply for consumptive use under pressure from a growing…
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  • Date Published: 1st May 2017

The most cost-effective ways to maintain public open space with less water: Perth case study

Abstract Local governments in Perth, Western Australia, use groundwater to irrigate high value public open space. Due to a sustained decline in rainfall current groundwater extraction rates are unsustainable and are set to be reduced. We investigate the cost-effectiveness of…
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  • Date Published: 12th Nov 2017

Detection and interpretation of anomalous water use for non-residential customers

Abstract Smart water meters can help businesses save water. But achieving this goal requires trusted algorithms for processing the data and intuitive, interactive software systems to support end users in decision making. This paper presents an algorithm and a web-based…
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  • Date Published: 5th Dec 2017

Spatial and temporal characterization of nutrient net uptake in a vegetated urban stream: Stream bank features leading to net uptake hotspots

Abstract Urban stream features can be used to promote nutrient retention; however, their interactions with different hydrological regimes impact nutrient cycling, decrease their retention capacity, and inhibit stream ecosystem functioning. This study analysed the temporal and spatial dynamics of the…
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  • Date Published: 3rd Aug 2017
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