Integrated Water Management

The sustainable management of water is one of the key challenges facing our society today. As decision makers, we need to take an informed and holistic approach to the sustainable and secure management of a valuable resource.

Integrated Water Management (IWM) is a strategy that brings together all facets of the water cycle — water supply, sewage management, water treatment and stormwater management — to achieve strong triple bottom line benefits.

Around the globe, we now recognise that water demand and water supply are not in balance. Our professionals understand the interrelation and importance of water reuse, stormwater, groundwater and seawater as essential additions to the traditional water sources from dams and rivers. We offer IWM strategies that are inclusive of these sources and provide long-term sustainable solutions.

With more than 80 years of experience in the management and delivery of water services to the community, GHD’s water gurus understand the correlation between all water cycle elements.

Our people can deliver IWM schemes to benefit organisations and communities through superior energy efficiency, low embedded energy materials and liveable, sustainable community environments

Services

  • Water harvesting
  • Water storage and treatment
  • Water distribution
  • Sewage collection and treatment
  • Water recycling, environmental/river replacement flows
  • Community engagement and management
  • Business and government strategic advisory services
  • Triple bottom line analysis
  • Multi-variable criteria and sustainability analysis
  • Project management 

For further information, contact:

Shane Tyrrell
Tel: +61 2 9239 7065
Email: Shane Tyrrell

Botany Area Servicing Strategy

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The Botany Area Plan project aims to provide an integrated strategy for managing water, wastewater, recycled water and stormwater infrastructure in order to provide safe, reliable and sustainable water services. These services will meet the needs of urban growth in the Botany area, while complying with the requirements of Sydney Water Corporation’s (SWC) operating and Environmental Projection Licences (EPLs).

The Botany area is close to Sydney's CBD. Redevelopment plans for the area are underway and some development has already started. The Botany area includes the infill growth areas of Redfern/Waterloo, Green Square, Wolli Creek, Cooks Cove and Sydney Airport. This project also takes these areas into account. In addition, the plan boundary incorporates the areas of Alexandria/Mascot, Botany Banksmeadow and North Arncliffe as they include minor growth pockets that needed to be considered.

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Clear Harbour Alliance

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With the growth of Auckland City, the combined stormwater/wastewater system was exceeding capacity during rainfall events, resulting in pollution of the Waitemata Harbour. A conventional project model could not guarantee the level of service that Metrowater wanted for their customers during the separation process so they decided on an Alliance model – one that was strongly customer focussed. The project goal of cleaning up Auckland’s harbour was a philosophy of shared ownership and responsibility reflected in the principle – "it's ours".

Metrowater is Auckland City's water and wastewater utility and was established by Auckland City Council to provide water and wastewater services to over 142,000 homes and businesses, reaching 420,000 people across Auckland City.  The area of operation covers 153 square kilometres with a water and wastewater network of more than 3,600 km of pipes. Metrowater’s expectation is that their customers receive the highest quality, reliable water supply possible and that Auckland City’s wastewater networks are managed in a cost effective, environmentally sound and sustainable manner.

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Development of an Alternative Water Atlas

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Client: Smart Water Fund, representing Melbourne Water, City West Water, Yarra Valley Water, South East Water and the Department of Sustainability and Environment Melbourne is a rapidly growing urban centre that has experienced the risks and changes associated with climate variability, as an extended drought saw water supply dam levels fall to approximately 25% capacity during 2009.

Since 2009, issues surrounding both current and future water supplies and costs have become increasingly present in politics and the media.

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Gracetown Sustainable Living, Western Australia

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The existing town of Gracetown is built on 27ha of steeply sloping ground rising from the south-eastern shore of the north-facing Cowaramup Bay in Western Australia. The lowest part of the town is set back from the beach approximately 100m from the shoreline and is approximately 10m above sea level.

The existing town extends approximately 0.5 km up the slope to an elevation of approximately 90m Australian Height Datum. The underlying geology is characterised by shallow weathered limestone-based sands and limestone overlying a granite bedrock (at depths of approximately 20-30m below ground level).

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Integrated Water Management in the South East Region

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Client: South East Water

The development of a long-term water solution for Melbourne’s water supply is now underway. South East Water (SEWater), Melbourne Water and Southern Rural Water have gone into partnership to develop an Integrated Water Management (IWM) scheme for the south east of Victoria.

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Kalkallo Integrated Water

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Analysis of Integrated Water Management for Kalkallo:

Objective: to assess the sustainability of 11 water servicing options for the new industrial development at Kalkallo, Melbourne, Victoria using a multi-criteria analysis.

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Pimpama Coomera Waterfuture Master Plan

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Client: Gold Coast City Council (GCCC)

The Pimpama Coomera Waterfuture project is a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) initiative investigating integrated urban water management. The aim is to drive more sustainable urban use of the region’s water resources.

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Regulating Murray River Flows (Australia)

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Improving the environmental health of the Murray River is a concern for all Australians. The Murray Darling Basin Authority regulates the river system. It offered to pay landholders affected by the release of water from storages.

GHD worked with the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the community and technical experts to identify the impact of released water on floodplain properties, to develop consistent assessment principles and to register the impact on title via easements.

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Shane Tyrrell

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A senior environmental engineer in the water sector, Shane leads our Integrated Water Management (IWM) group. He has considerable experience in the discipline having been involved in a range of IWM projects and the development of GHD’s IWM Toolkit software. Working with public and private clients, Shane has delivered water and wastewater systems planning, hydraulic water modelling, water hammer analysis and wastewater treatment system design. He is adept in the preparation of concept designs, options studies, capability studies, development servicing plans, water model build and climate change adaptation plans.

Position: Service Line Leader, Integrated Water Management
Tel: +61 2 9239 7065

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Philip Joyce

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Leading the Integrated Stormwater Management team in Melbourne, Philip has more than 15 years' experience, working in both Australia and the UK. Philip's knowledge spans WSUD, stormwater and rain water harvesting, waterway engineering and stormwater drainage. His main roles in this work are as a project manager and technical reviewer. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers

Position:  Senior Engineer, Integrated Stormwater Management
Tel:  +61 3 8687 8868

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Jeff Foley

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Jeff Foley is Manager of the Western Australian Integrated Water Systems service group and a principal process engineer, with over ten years’ experience in the areas of wastewater treatment & recycling, odour control, life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas emissions. His involvement in projects has ranged from concept design and process modelling, through to detailed design, construction, commissioning and process optimisation.

Tel: +61 8 62228577

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Ian Jennison

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Ian is an environmental engineer in GHD’s Water and Wastewater Systems Group in Brisbane. Since joining GHD in 2002 he has primarily worked in the fields of wastewater reuse, integrated urban water management, water supply infrastructure planning and wastewater systems planning and design.

Tel: +61 7 3316 3629

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