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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

Sensing-Based Leak Quantification Techniques in Water Distribution Systems

Chapter Highlights  Methods for discovering the size and location of leaks in Water Distribution Systems are reviewed. Machine learning algorithms classify leaks based on observed flows and pressures. Optimization algorithms find the best placement for sensors to capture leak signatures.…

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  • Date Published: 11th Apr 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

Overview of Tranche 1 and IRP2 – Comprehensive Economic Evaluation Framework (2017 – 2019)

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) has been undertaking research into the economics of supporting a water sensitive city in both tranche 1, under Program A  (  Project A1.1,   Project A1.2   and   Project A1.3) and tranche 2, under   IRP2.   CRCWSC research…
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  • Date Published: 19th Mar 2018

A Legal Obligation to Restore Wetlands by Environmental Water Allocations

Abstract Wetlands worldwide require significant restoration, especially through environmental water allocations. This article examines the Ramsar Convention (Ramsar) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to ascertain whether they require an obligation to restore wetlands by such means. While both…

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  • Date Published: 1st Dec 2017

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

Review of non-market values of water sensitive systems and practices

The adoption of water sensitive systems and practices can provide tangible benefits that are easily quantifiable, such as additional water supply, and intangible benefits that are difficult to quantify, such as amenity value. As a result, intangible benefits are often…
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  • Date Published: 12th 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

Preliminary evidence suggests freshwater turtles respond positively to an environmental water delivery during drought

Abstract Environmental flows (e-flows) are a common management tool to improve the health of flow-regulated river systems and their biota. The effect of e-flows on fish, waterbirds and vegetation has been assessed in Australia, but their influence on turtles remains…
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  • Date Published: 9th Mar 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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