Monday, October 11, 2010

Water-supply research is raining ideas

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia): Can rain falling on city streets be used to overcome water shortages when dams run low? The Cities as Water Supply Catchments research program at Monash University is looking at alternative water systems to counter pressures such as drought, population growth and climate change which are threatening traditional water supplies' ability to meet urban needs.

Councils and other water experts are being asked to take part in an online survey funded by the program and the CSIRO on the risks of stormwater harvesting….

…Eight integrated projects are covering engineering, stream ecology, water chemistry, climate science, social science, economics and urban design. The program is being supported by government departments, councils, water authorities, water supply companies, wastewater management agencies and property developers.

Rain delays a test match between South Africa and Australia, in Sydney in 2006, shot by Albinomonkey, Wikimedia Commons

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