Water Sensitive Urban Design
Widespread adoption of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles is critical to ensure water supply security and liveable cities under population growth and a changing climate. This subtheme is focusing on a number of challenges associated with transitioning to WSUD. Socio-technical models are being developed for applications such as envisaging urban water management scenarios and quantifying flood risk. Technologies for treating and recycling multiple water streams (stormwater, wastewater, groundwater) as well as protecting and rehabilitating urban waterways are being designed and tested, with a particular focus on biofilters and living walls. WSUD systems and urban waterways are also being monitored to demonstrate their performance.
To maintain leadership in the development and testing of WSUD technologies and modelling tools.
To facilitate widespread adoption of WSUD for water supply security and enhanced liveability of cities under population growth and a changing climate.
Awards and Honours
- A/Prof David McCarthy was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2009 to travel to the USA, Canada and Japan to investigate new technologies for stormwater treatment for reuse purposes
- Dr Chunhui Lu was the recipient of the 2012 Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Researcher Award, Flinders University
- A/Prof David McCarthy won a FASIC Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Science in 2012 to travel to France to investigate micropollutant fate and transport in urban water systems
- Water ways - the city liveability challenge
- ‘Biomimicry’ article for Network 10’s Scope science program (aired on Thursdays 10th October 2013)
- Smarter urban water: why Melbourne needed to catch and store
- Deletic, A., Brown, R., Rauch, W., McCarthy, D., Schilizz, S., Urich, C., 2012-2015, A4.3: Socio-technical modelling tools to examine urban water management scenarios, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, AU$938k
- Walsh, C., Stewardson, M., Hatt, B., 2012-2014, B2.1: Cities as Water Supply Catchments: Stream ecology, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, AU$832k
- Deletic, A., McCarthy, D., Hatt, B., Daly, E., Henry, R., Schang, C., 2013-2014, C1.1: Sustainable Technologies, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, AU$968k
- Deletic, A., McCarthy, D., Cook, P., Hatt, B., Hipsey, M., 2014-2017, C4.1: Integrated multi-functional urban water systems, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, AU$907k
- McCarthy, D., Deletic, A., Henry, R., Kolotelo, P., Schang, C., 2012-2015, Sinks and Sources of Faecal Micro-Organisms in the Yarra River Estuary, ARC Linkage & Melbourne Water, AU$891k
- Zhang, X., Deletic, A., McCarthy, D., 2014-2016, Development of Solar-induced, Dark-active Photocatalytic Membranes for Stormwater reuse, ARC Discovery, AU$390k
- McCarthy, D., 2014-2016, Interactions between plants and faecal pathogens in urban water treatment: significance of soil microbes, plant debris, root exudates and rhizosphere, ARC DECRA, AU$395k
- Water Engineering Laboratory
- Plant Science Complex
- Environmental & Public Health Microbiology Laboratory