Our researchers develop technologies and methodologies for managing the quality and quantity of water for society’s needs in a sustainable manner.
They achieve this by engaging with the community, government and industry and conducting research to enable the provision of clean and safe water for public consumption and the environment.
Our three research themes have the goal of helping the water industry to provide a secure sustainable supply of safe and aesthetically desirable water for the community with minimal impact on the environment.
Our main areas of research are:
- Water resources and management
- Water and waste water treatment
- Biosolids and bioenergy.
Researchers working within water resources and management are experts in water sensitive urban design. This area covers the design and modelling of systems to manage the quantity, quality and distribution of water, whether potable, ground, waste or stormwater.
Researchers working within water and wastewater treatment have expertise in desalination using renewable energy sources and reverse osmosis, the treatment of drinking water, industrial and municipal wastewater, and wastewater reclamation/recycling.
Researchers working within the bio-solids and bioenergy areas investigate public health, safety and plant nutrient value of bio-solids, and the sustainable production of energy through bioenergy systems.
We have access to an impressive array of equipment. This includes bench and pilot scale water treatment units such as aerobic and anaerobic digesters, solar ponds and desalination rigs, polymeric and ceramic membrane filtration (from microfiltration to reverse osmosis) rigs.
Our laboratories are equipped with instrumentation for inorganic and organic analyses and include:
- Flow cytometers
- fluorescence spectrophotometers
- Ion chromotographs
- Particle size analysers
- TOC analysers