Alternative water source for Melbourne comes out on top

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20 April 2012

The development of an alternative water atlas for Melbourne, by one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture and environmental consulting companies, GHD, has been recognised with the Service Provider Innovation Award at the Smart Water Fund’s Innovation and Excellence Awards.

The Smart Water Fund is an initiative of the Victorian Government and the Water Industry. It is funded by City West Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley and the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

GHD’s Manager - Victoria, Dean McIntyre said, “We are delighted that our research to potentially provide Melbournians with alternative water sources to mitigate against the impacts of climate variability, population growth, supply and increasing water cost has been acknowledged.

“The award reinforces our commitment to innovation in the water sector, and highlights the strength of our spatial and integrated water management disciplines.”

GHD collaborated  with the Institute of Sustainable Futures to analyse the potential costs, yield and benefits of four alternative water sources - centralised wastewater recycling, decentralised wastewater recycling, stormwater harvesting and rainwater harvesting - in a strategic and systematic way, whilst taking into account the spatial variability inherent in each option.

The project effectively demonstrated the significant role alternative water can play in Melbourne’s water cycle. 

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