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Water Planning

This new course aims to address the contemporary issues facing municipal water planning in Australia, and is presented by two eminent Australian water industry professionals.  It is a practical course, designed to up-skill water and environment industry professionals and managers, to enable you to understand all of the issues related to water planning in a changing world.

The course will provide you with an understanding of all aspects of water system planning including estimating demands, source selection, water treatment, transfer systems, storage and distribution.  The course will also review some of the outcomes of the recent changes in water planning in Australia.  This will include discussion sessions on water recycling, rainwater tanks, water sensitive urban design and integrated water cycle management.  Recent Australian case studies are used to illustrate approaches and outcomes.

Issues addressed


  • How water supply systems work
  • The fundamentals of water demand estimation including residential, commercial and industrial demands – reviewing the impacts of demand management
  • Water source options – dams, run-of-river, aquifers, rainwater tanks, stormwater, recycled water – the concept of reliability of supply
  • Water recycling
  • Water sensitive cities
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Integrated water cycle management
  • The impacts of changing climate on water resource management


  • Water quality issues – a review of standards and guidelines
  • Water quality issues likely to be encountered in practice and emerging issues
  • Water treatment processes and emerging technologies
  • Trunk mains, pump stations and storages – design issues, water grids;
  • Water supply distribution – standards of service, planning of water networks, network analysis tools
  • Cost estimation
  • Comparing options –multi-criteria analysis and other techniques
  • Social and environmental aspects of water supply planning
  • Sustainability & resilience
  • Energy saving and carbon neutrality
  • The concept of the water footprint and urban metabolism

What do you get

  • Course notes and resource material
  • Access to two leading experts in water planning in Australia
  • Real case studies from recent Australian projects

Who should attend

Practitioners in the water industry who want a broader understanding of all of the issues associated with water planning in contemporary Australia, and water managers and environmental managers who want a better understanding of the technical aspects of water planning.

This course is not currently scheduled for a future event


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