ARC Linkage Project – LP160100241 (details)

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Overview toparrow

Future Water is a project undertaken by the Monash Infrastructure Research Institute together with the Victorian Environment Protection Authority (VicEPA), Melbourne Water, Knox City Council and the University of Innsbruck, Austria. The project strives to develop tools and techniques for improved mapping of urban water pollution from source to sink (end points). In particular, the project aims to understand the association of future urban development, (e.g. changes in urban form and land use) with levels of key pollutants.

Improved understanding of the drivers and threats affecting future water quality will enable policy makers to make more informed decisions when developing mitigation strategies to protect the health of our waterways and bays.

Key Issue

Mitigation of urban waterway and bay pollution due to stormwater runoff and wastewater discharge has been a long-standing challenge for water management in urban environments. Whilst water quality models underpin decision and policy-making processes in water management practices, there are numerous knowledge gaps pertaining to the modelling of urban water pollution including:

  • Accurate modelling of pollution build up and wash-off
  • Understanding how different urban activities affect resulting pollution build-up and emission
  • Linking pollution discharge to source; and
  • Identifying effective mitigation strategies and policy for protecting future water quality.

The Project

Future Water will enable us to test the effectiveness of different management interventions for protecting the health of our waterways under different future water quality scenarios. Determining where the greatest return of investment can be made on point and diffuse source pollution management will not be possible unless we advance modelling tools of water pollution emissions in urban areas. Improved modelling and understanding of the link between urban form and pollution emission, will provide more confidence in today’s decision making for the protection of future water quality (see Fig. 1).

Fig. 1 – Overall concept of Future Water’s Proposed Model

Key tasks include:

  1. Understand the link between urban form and pollution emissions
  2. Develop techniques for mapping pollution generation and fluxes through urban catchments
  3. Model future urban water quality scenarios and assess pollution mitigation scenarios

The project will undertaken in conjunction with industry partners and tested on two major case studies across Melbourne, Australia (see Fig. 2). Modelling will build upon an existing modelling tool known as UrbanBEATS (more information available at the model’s website)

Fig. 2 – Case Study Regions for the Future Water Project

Project Team toparrow

Monash Infrastructure Research Institute

  • Ana Deletic, Prof. (Project Lead)
  • Peter M. Bach, Dr. (Co-Investigator)
  • David McCarthy, A. Prof. (Co-Investigator)

University of Innsbruck

  • Wolfgang Rauch, Prof. (Partner Investigator)

Industry Partners

  • Leon Metzeling (VicEPA)
  • Sam Leray (VicEPA)
  • Rhys Coleman (Melbourne Water)
  • Daniella Gerente (Knox City Council)
  • Caroline Carvalho (Knox City Council)

Funding Details toparrow

arclogo This project is funded by the Australian Government Linkage Scheme 2016, Project Code LP160100241 – Project titled “Advancing water pollution emissions modelling in cities of the future”


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