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IWC wins National Highly Commended Award at Stormwater Australia Awards

The UWSRA Stormwater Harvesting and Eco-hydrology Project was highly commended for the Excellence in Research and Innovation Award at the 2014 Stormwater Australia National Awards for Excellence in Adelaide this week.

The UWSRA (Urban Water Security Research Alliance) project was a collaboration by the International WaterCentre/Smart Water Research Centre, CSIRO, United Arab Emirates University and the Department of Science, Information, Technology, Innovation and the Arts.

Stormwater is a substantial and yet largely untapped urban water source. In South-East Queensland, 245–750GL/year of stormwater flows unused from cities, compared with 350GL of water used for urban purposes in 2010. Other cities are similar.

However, embedding the constructive use of stormwater as a resource in Australia remains elusive. Many challenges exist and, as a consequence, stormwater runoff continues to have numerous negative ecological impacts, degrading streams and contributing to erosion and sediment loading, while water supplies for our cities are imported from elsewhere, incurring energy costs and the requirement for significant capital investment in pipe and pump infrastructure.

The Collaboration in Stormwater Harvesting workshop report report encapsulates the background and motivation for the Ozwater'12 workshop as well as the outcomes, has been prepared by Steven J Kenway (Consultant, UWSRA), Dr Brian S McIntosh (International WaterCentre), David Hamlyn-Harris (Director, Bligh Tanner Pty Ltd), Adrian Crocetti (Brisbane City Council), Simon Toze (CSIRO), Don Begbie (Director, UWSRA) and Sharon Biermann (UWSRA).

The finalists in the Awards, which are presented in six categories, had been chose by their State Associations as the best in their region.

“So basically every finalist was already an award winner from their own state and were pretty keen to get a national honours as well,” President Andrew Allan said when reviewing the Awards Program.

Click here to download Collaboration in Stormwater Harvesting workshop report (extract from AWA Water Journal August 2012 issue).

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