Welcome to Urban Water Cycle Solutions

We believe in a better world.
sustainable and equitable ecosystem supports this aim.
Forensic examination of systems provides best knowledge to guide our journey.
Transfer of wisdom derived from courageindependence and honesty is our approach.

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Renaissance Rise at Mernda

Renaissance Rise at Mernda

The water sensitive urban design (WSUD) development includes a unique stormwater treatment train that includes rainwater tanks, protection of old river red gums in multiple purpose rain gardens, bio-retention swales and restored waterways.

Review of the Hill End Water and Sewerage Scheme

The township of Hill End was established during the 1880s due to the discovery of gold in the area and in 1967 part of the town known as the historical village of Hill End was proclaimed as a historical site. Hillend is located about 70 km northwest of Bathurst and 69 km south of Mudgee.

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Borrowing from nature to create self organising systems frameworks of urban water behaviours

Borrowing from nature to create self organising systems frameworks of big data to understand urban water behaviours Peter J Coombes Contribution at 12:20 pm on Monday 13 June 2022 to the SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF ALGORITHMS 2022 online conference convened at the...

Available Storage in Rainwater Tanks – Stormwater Benefits

Impact of rainwater tanks on stormwater infrastructure. What is the available storage in rainwater tanks prior to a rain event that is significant to stormwater infrastructure? The use of design storms is current Australian practice for design of stormwater management...

Property Scale Systems Thinking: Full Course

Early bird registration for the Property Scale Systems - Rainwater Harvesting - course by Verge Permaculture and Urban Water Cycle Solutions is open now. Water is a crucial resource increasingly under stress. Yet rainfall, even in arid climates, can make up a sizable...

The Important Contribution of Rainwater Harvesting

The Importance of Rainwater Harvesting. Forward by Peter J Coombes in Essential Rainwater Harvesting by Michelle and Rob Avis published by NewSociety Publishers

Sustainable Buildings Saving Billions

Sustainable Buildings Saving Billions An alternative water strategy for Sydney Peter J Coombes and Michael Smit Systems research and modelling examined the water futures for Greater Sydney. Business as Usual will increase the demand for water in Sydney by 80% by 2050,...

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Systems Analysis of Water and Sewage Services, Costs and Prices

Systems Analysis of Water and Sewage Services, Costs and Prices

Bottom up systems analysis of urban water resources and market mechanisms for pricing water and sewage services
Presentation Peter J Coombes, Michael Barry and Michael Smit at the HWRS 2018 conference in Melbourne at 11:00 am on Tuesday 3 December 2018. Consumers in the Greater Melbourne region pay uniform fixed and variable tariffs for utility water and sewage services. Removing fixed tariffs creates substantial reductions in water demands and improvements in water security to 2050 at a net present value of $8.6 billion. A full usage tariff regime was seen to increase water efficient behaviours and reveals improvements in household welfare.

ARR 2016 Urban Book workshop at HWRS2018

ARR 2016 Urban Book workshop at HWRS2018

Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Urban Book workshop at the Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium
Workshop by Peter Coombes, Steve Roso and Mark Babister at 11 am on Monday 3 December 2018 at Ballroom 3 Pullman Hotel 192 Wellington Pde Melbourne.

Introduction to Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Urban Book workshop

Introduction to Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Urban Book workshop

Introduction to Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016 Urban Book workshop by Peter Coombes and Steve Roso at 1 pm on Thursday 18 October 2018 at Reg Sparks Room, Sporting Car Club of SA, 51 King William Road, Unley. Join the authors and editors of Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) Urban Book as they cover the philosophy and application of ARR in urban catchments.

Direct Rain Investigation and Urban Stormwater Design

Direct Rain Investigation and Urban Stormwater Design

Presentation by Peter Coombes, Mark Colegate and Sophia Buchanan at Stormwater 2018 conference at 3:45 pm on Wednesday 10 October 2018. Urban stormwater catchments can be subject to complex hydrological and hydraulic responses that are driven by unresolved sub-catchment influences, flow pathways and local depression storages. This paper provides an overview of the processes to define complex urban hydrology, establish evidence based targets for urban catchments and design of detention basins using ARR2016 resources.

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