The Urban Water Security Research Alliance (the Alliance) has now completed its five-year research program (effective February 2013).
In that time, the Alliance has delivered some significant science outcomes, having successfully adapted the research program to keep pace with the changing landscape of water management in South East Queensland (SEQ).
The past five years have presented us with many opportunities to be flexible in our research program. When the Alliance commenced, SEQ was still in the grip of the worst drought in decades. As a result, the Draft SEQ Water Strategy was developed in 2008 and finalised in 2010.
After the drought broke in 2009, Queensland experienced one of the wettest summers on record and the worst flooding we have seen in decades in January 2011. This had a huge impact on the people and infrastructure of Queensland, as well as impacting several Alliance projects.
Research for the Alliance was realigned as a result of these changing circumstances and was delivered across the following three programs:
Program 1 – Reducing Water Grid Demand
- Stormwater Harvesting and Eco-hydrology
- Decentralised Systems
- Demand Management and Communication Research
- Residential Water End Use Study
Program 2 – Water Source Quality
- Hospital Wastewater
- Pathogens and Trace Contaminants in Dams
- Bioassays and Risk Communication
- Health Risk Assessment of Local Source Waters
- Enhanced Treatment
- Assessment of Regulated and Emerging Disinfection By-Products in SEQ Drinking Water
Program 3 – Total Water Cycle Planning and Management to Enhance Sustainability and Efficiency
- Climate and Water
- PRW in the Lockyer Valley
- Life Cycle Analysis and Integrated Modelling
- Total Water Cycle Planning Framework
- Water Quality Monitoring Technology and Information Collection System
- Evaporation Loss
- Institutional Change for Water Management
- Water Smart Cities
- Human Factors in Urban Water System Safety
In addition, the Alliance is a major contributor to a project funded through the Australian Research Council:
Projects which have been completed are:
- Purified Recycled Water Reliability and Safety
- Life Cycle Assessment and System Analyses
- NDMA Formation Potential in PRW
- Disinfection By-product (DBP) Formation and Minimisation in Drinking Water