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
- 2018 AILA Landscape Architecture Awards - our Living Lab for Water Technologies has been awarded for Best Research, Policy and Communications Project.
- A/Prof David McCarthy was awarded the Victoria Fellowship in 2014 to travel to the USA to better understand human health risks when swimming in polluted surface waters.
- 2017 Rieger Foundation-Jewish National Fund award in Environmental Studies to Inbar LeviRam for promising scientific and engineering research in the areas of water resources, pollution prevention, and clean and sustainable energy.
- Smarter urban water: why Melbourne needed to catch and store
- “Going Virtual” - Water and Wastewater International Magazine (April - May 2018 Issue)
- “It’s virtually water” - Ideanthro Series
- “It's 2050: Melbourne has hit Day Zero and run out of water”, PodCast
- Monash City Council’s new Eastern Innovation Business Centre (EIBC) has recently been featured as a case-study in the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) website. Members of this focus group have participated in the design, construction and monitoring of the water treatment facilities at thue EIBC.
- 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
- McCarthy D.T., Deletic A., Bulach, D., French, N., Cottam, D., Prosser, T., Gourmelon, M., Swimming with the bugs: from risk identification to management [2016-2019], ARC Linkage Project & Melbourne Water, EPA Victoria - $780k
- Fletcher, T.D. & McCarthy, D.T., Water Management in the Tarago Reservoir Catchment [2015-2017], Melbourne Water Industry Grant - $300k
- McCarthy, D.T., Henry, R., Deletic, A., Kolotelo, P., Cheap sensors for detection of sewage in urban stormwater [2017-2019], South East Water, $177k
- McCarthy, D.T., Zhang, K, Deletic, A., Schang, C., Challenge testing of a new rainwater to hot water treatment system [2017-2018], South East Water, $350k
- Bach, P. M., Virtual Reality for Planning of Green Urban Water Infrastructure [2017–2019]: ARC DECRA, $360k
- Deletic, A., Bach, P. M., McCarthy, D. T., Metzeling, L., Coleman, R., Rauch, W., Advancing water pollution emissions modelling in cities of the future [2017-2019] ARC Linkage Project – $484k
- Wong, WW., Winfrey, B.K., Kessler, A.J., McCarthy, D.T., Cook, P.L.M. Mitigating groundwater-derived pollutants in coastal environments using a drift algae-based permeable reactive barrier [2018-2019], Monash University Interdisciplinary Research Support Program, $46k
- Lintern, A., Duncan, J., Winfrey, B., McPhillips, L, Grady, C. Developing next generation solutions to mitigate the grand challenge of nonpoint source pollution. [2018-2019], Monash University – Penn State University 2018 Collaboration Development Fund, $20k
- Adyel, T., Kessler, A., Abdallah, Z. Benefits of green urban water infrastructure under a warming climate: A collaboration to improve urban and community resilience. Faculties of Science, IT and Engineering ECR Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Scheme , $10K