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Sustainable Urban Water Systems (ENG459)

School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Explore factors that contribute to the development of sustainable water systems and services. The 'system' refers to 'the interrelation of personnel, procedures, regulations, hardware and software. A 'water service provider' is an organisation that provides water supply (potable and/or non-potable); sewerage; irrigation; or drainage services to the public. Consider factors such as governance arrangements, the 'fit-for-purpose' hierarchy to match sources and uses, approaches to system sizing and technology options and focus on a total water balance approach.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Explore the definition of sustainability and its application to urban water systems and critically evaluate different perspectives;
2. Identify elements of urban water systems in the context of Sustainable Cities that achieve integration with buildings, energy systems and local food production;
3. Explain the relationship between human settlements and different water resources and the fit-for-purpose hierarchy;
4. Relate principles of water auditing, conservation, ecology and pollution control to identify and analyse problems involving centralised and decentralised water systems;
5. Apply a problem solving approach to the design of engineered water systems for urban and rural villages;
6. Design a sustainable urban water system for climate resilience and Biophilic Cities;
7. Describe appropriate governance arrangements for sustainable water services.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hour per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit consists of lectures, workshops, site visits a computer laboratory session and two field demonstration activities. Lectures cover the topics of Governance, Urban Hydrology, hydraulics & sizing methods, Rainwater Harvesting, Desalination, Stormwater, Groundwater (as well as aquifer storage & recovery), Wastewater Recycling, Greywater Reuse, Nutrient Cycling, Irrigation, Operation & Maintenance. There are guest lectures from industry including the Water Corporation, Department of Water, Environmental Protection Authority, Economic Regulation Authority, engineering consultants and contractors. Workshop sessions will be conducted with industry partners to demonstrate current practices. There will be three site visits: a large scale water treatment plant, an urban development with an innovative total water cycle approach and a building plant room to inspect pumps, tanks and control systems. Practical demonstrations are given of water balance modelling, solar water pumping, soil permeability testing and the hydraulics of greywater reuse. Specialist industry workshops on design of constructed wetlands and nutrient management are given. Students are required to review AS1547:2012 as well as national and State water recycling guidelines to develop their project design. All the materials and resources for students to complete the study questions, modelling, field visits, labs and project will be available through LMS.
Other Learning Experiences Water balance modelling computer lab and solar water pumping lab practical.
One 2 hour workshop for 4 weeks commencing in week 2 and concluding in week 13
Two 2-hour field trips.
Assessment Assessments include a mix of feedback from the industry guests during workshops and site meetings and written feedback from the academic supervisor on the three tasks: project proposal, progress report, poster and presentation. Feedback from the tutor includes a scoring sheet versus set criteria. Verbal feedback from tutors during workshops is available to improve the assessed tasks.
1. Written Project Plan (formative assessment) - 10%
2. Oral Presentation of design options (formative) - 20% plus Numerical water balance computer model (formative) - 10%
3. Written Final Report (summative) - 20%
Closed Book Written Theory Examination (summative) - 40%.
Prerequisites ENG300 Environmental Technology for Sustainability and ENG341 Water Conservation and Auditing.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Environmental Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Appears in these Minors Waste and Water Management
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Martin Anda
Academic Chair Environmental Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6123
e: M.Anda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.017 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Martin Anda
Academic Chair Environmental Engineering

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6123
e: M.Anda@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.017 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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