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water security

In the interest of resilience, it will be critical to consider less traditional water sources than those that have served us in the past.

Australian water leaders suggest the

Utility provider Melbourne Water main-

steps that need to be considered include:

tains these retarding basins as essential

systemic change in policy and regulation

features of the city’s drainage system that

to ensure wider collaboration with other

help to reduce flooding. They are designed

agencies and communities to respond to a

to catch heavy rainfall and hold it in the

broader spectrum of customer needs and

basin, a reserved low-lying area of land. At

expectations; better integration of water

the same time, these retarding basins also

cycle planning with land-use planning;

serve the community as recreational areas.

greater recognition of the role of water

In addition to refreshing ageing infra-

in strategic or early planning of cities and

structure, the proliferation of smart devices

regions; and inclusion of water businesses

in utility systems has created new channels

in integrated planning.

for hackers to disable critical infrastructure.

In the interest of resilience, it will be

This year’s global survey responses indicate

critical to consider less traditional water

that there are opportunities for utilities to

sources than those that have served us in

shore up their systems against physical

the past. As well as re-use of wastewater,

and digital threats.

and seawater desalination, improvements are possible for stormwater management in

Water as ‘the science of tomorrow’

the urban water cycle through harvesting,

With the water issues faced by Australia

re-use, creating green spaces in Australian

reflecting the findings of the global survey,

cities and improving waterway health.

it reinforces the point that actions taken across these diverse issues are ultimately

Security

in service to a water supply that is sustain-

Securing its water assets from deterioration

able, safe, continuous and plentiful — yet

— including upgrading dams and retarding

finite. When leaders stand up for the health

basins against failure, and rehabilitation or

of our water infrastructure, the path to

replacement of buried assets — is a priority

sustainability leads to opportunities.

for Australia. When addressing the challenges of ageing

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One example is Melbourne’s investments in retarding basin upgrades when it recognised that proper maintenance would be necessary as existing embankments could fail, causing downstream damage.

*James Currie is a Director of Black & Veatch in Australia. He has over 30 years of experience in planning, studies, design, construction, supervision and project management of diverse multidisciplinary water resources, water supply, water treatment, wastewater management, environmental and infrastructure projects in Australia, Singapore, South-East Asia and the UK.

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