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The UVQ model: urban water balance and contaminant balance analysis tool

Urban Volume and Quality (UVQ) provides environmental modellers and scientists with a valuable insight into the viability of alternative water servicing options.

Sustainable communities initiative newsletter

Find out the latest news from CSIRO's Sustainable Communities Initiative in its quarterly newsletter.

Process magazine

The October 2008 issue shows how CSIRO is collaborating with research partners to maintain our scientific edge and help Australia's minerals industry maintain its competitive edge. (12 pages)

Process magazine

The February 2011 issue of Process highlights a number of projects where CSIRO’s expertise is being applied to increase the economic and environmental viability of mineral processes. (12 pages)

Process magazine

The February 2009 issue looks at the latest research in hydrometallurgy and how it is helping alumina, base metals and gold processors. (12 pages)

Microbes turn the heat up on groundwater cleanup

While investigating ways of cleaning up groundwater contamination, CSIRO researchers have discovered that micro-organisms which normally assist the remediation process can actually get too hot for their own good.

Evaluating scenarios for the Howard catchment: summary report for workshop participants and stakeholders

This 48-page report is a summary of the workshop process used for the research that was developed and designed to provide input into the NT Government's water planning process.

Social and cultural values of water in Darwin’s rural area

CSIRO conducted community research to explore the value of water in the Howard River area in the Northern Territory, given the increasing demand for water from Darwin residents and the surrounding rural properties.

Resource efficiency in Asia and the Pacific

CSIRO worked with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess the challenges associated with resource use in the Asia-Pacific region.

Putting mining by-products to good use

CSIRO researchers have characterised a suite of mining by-products that can be used in the purification of industrial and farming wastewaters.

Compact urban form key to Melbourne’s water and energy savings

The report 'Water-energy futures for Melbourne' presents an analysis of future water and related energy needs for Melbourne. (2 pages)

Desalination in Australia report

This report provides up to date information about the status of desalination in Australia at a national scale. (26 pages)

Salisbury stormwater ASTR project risk assessment report

The Salisbury stormwater ASTR project risk assessment report report provides details on the risk assessments of water quality hazards for the Salisbury stormwater ASTR project. (106 pages)

Water overview

Australia, the driest inhabited continent on Earth, has recognised it must learn to make better use of its water resources and CSIRO is contributing to smarter technologies and more efficient systems. To meet Australia’s water challenges, smart technologies and more efficient systems are being developed.

Fighting the blob with mining by-products (Podcast 31 Mar 2011)

CSIRO research has shown that some mining by-products can be effective in preventing nutrients from entering river systems, thereby reducing the potential for algal blooms. (6:56)

Economic evaluation of alternative water allocation options

Titled Economic evaluation of alternative water allocation options in the South West Region (Busselton-Capel, Bunbury and Blackwood groundwater areas), this report was prepared by Dr Donna Brennan for the Western Australian Department of Water. (31 pages)

Determining requirements for Managed Aquifer Recharge in Western Australia

This report provides details on managed aquifer recharge (MAR) as a technique that has great potential for assisting  the uptake of water recycling in Western Australia, particularly in the south-west on the Swan Coastal Plain. (59 pages)

Water conservation a key to saving energy

A 61-page report 'Energy Use in the provision and consumption of urban water in Australia and New Zealand' provides, for the first time, a clear picture of energy used in Australia and New Zealand by the water industry in relation to residential and total city-wide energy use.

Recycling Australia’s water (Podcast 27 Apr 2007)

Is recycled water part of the solution to Australia’s water crisis? In this podcast, Dr Simon Toze discusses the benefits of recycling our water. (7:29)

Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project (Podcast 07 Sep 2007)

Dr Tom Hatton talks about the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project and the release of the first regional report on the Warrego. (5:40)

Australia’s north – nirvana for irrigators? (Podcast 26 May 2008)

The continuing drought is prompting a re-appraisal of northern Australia’s vast rivers and streams, fed copiously during every rainy season. But is a move to the North, or piping the water south, the answer to our irrigation problems? In this podcast, Dr Cuan Petheram dashes some hopes and dreams. (4.24)

Water and Energy Saving Cities (Podcast 24 Oct 2008)

The CSIRO report Water-energy futures for Melbourne examines the challenges a large city faces in providing water for their growing populations. In this podcast, Steven Kenway from the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship discusses these challenges. (4:58)

A better greywater treatment comes out in the wash (Podcast 03 Feb 2009)

CSIRO’s Water for a Healthy Country Flagship and the Smart Water Fund (a joint initiative of Melbourne’s water businesses and the Victorian Government) have developed a practical method for testing whether greywater treatment technologies meet Australian standards. (3:52)

Would you pay more to avoid water restrictions? (Podcast 20 Mar 2007)

Resource economist Dr Sorada Tapsuwan talks about a CSIRO survey and the issue of water restrictions in Perth, Western Australia in this five-minute podcast. (4:54)

Enzyme enters the fight to keep run-off water herbicide free (Podcast 17 Feb 2009)

Farmers around the world are expected to benefit from the successful trial of an enzyme that breaks down the herbicide, atrazine, in run-off water. (7:01)

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