Contemporary Issues in Water Management

10 Units

Water is the most important resource in the world. The importance of a safe water supply and effective sanitation systems are paramount to maintaining public health standards in both developed and developing countries. With increasing population pressures and industrial and agricultural development, the prevention of water pollution and the management of water resources are increasingly important everywhere. Large-scale, centralised supply and distribution and treatment systems (including dams, reservoirs, pipe networks and treatment plants) have evolved to satisfy increasing water demand in many parts of the world. However, many of these centralised systems are struggling to meet water demand from an ever increasing population in an unpredictable climate.

Faculty Faculty of Science
School School of Environmental and Life Sciences

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. have an understanding of the natural water cycle and how our water and wastewater infrastructure have impacted on the natural water cycle; and identify the major contemporary issues facing water resource management in Australia. Knowledge acquired over the duration of this course will provide the student with valuable insight into the sustainable development of water and wastewater infrastructure in Australia.

Topics will include:

  • The Natural Water Cycle
  • Changes to the natural water cycle


  • Water resources

Surface water

  • Water and wastewater systems

Centralised (water trinity)
Decentralised (source control measures)
Desalination and wastewater reuse

  • Water pollution

Contaminant sources
Contaminant export from different landuses
Impact of water quality on environmental resilience

  • Water reform

Legislation and policy
Economic strategy for sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure

  • Managing water resources in Australia

Providing solutions for sustainable water use
Case studies and further readings

Assumed Knowledge Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Presentations - Individual
  • Online Learning Activity: Completion of online modules
  • Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Course Materials
  • Water: Science and Solutions for Australia
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for ENVS6560
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