Urban Water and Waste Management

While safe and sustainable urban water and waste management systems are essential in resilient cities, we recognise that the integration of these systems is equally important. This research group works with partners in industry and government to identify the key research challenges of integrating water and waste management in our ever-expanding cities. Drawing on expertise in water quality management, public health risk assessment and complex systems dynamics, this group is ideally placed to respond to these challenges.


"Safe and sustainable urban water management underpins resilient and sustainable cities in the face of climate change."

This theme, headed up by Associate Professor Anne Roiko, is focused on co-designing and implementing applied research for the water sector and transferring science into practice. Our urban water researchers work collaboratively with industry, government and research brokers to apply transdisciplinary knowledge and systems-based tools to the challenge of ensuring safe water for our communities. By necessity, managing urban water is based on the integrated water management paradigm, managing water quality and public health risks and benefits, from alternative sources to a range of end-uses. Our researchers are addressing the challenges associated with optimising supply and treatment options in the face of mounting population pressures and climate change, while respecting competing demands and water quality objectives.


Remote and Isolated Communities Essential Services Project (RICES)

This project led by Dr Cara Beal with PhD candidate Melissa Jackson is the first of it's kind in Australia and is a collaborative effort aimed at trialling community-directed water demand management strategies to reduce the typically high volumes of water (and related energy) used by residents in remote indigenous communities. More information including the final report on the RICES project can be found on this page.

Our Partners

We have the opportunity to be partnering with Healthy Land and Water and the International Water Centre on a number of water-related projects.

Connect and Collaborate

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