Urban Water

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Guidelines for recycled water and rainwater in high density

Wave Consulting are working alongside the Manningham City Council and other stakeholders to design accessible and engaging guidelines for developers, consultants and plumbers on how to effectively manage rainwater and recycled water resources in new housing and building developments. We are achieving this through documentation of case studies, facilitating and documenting reference group workshops, preparing risk assessments, gaining feedback and refining guidance material, while preparing presentation material for industries.

Green Infrastructure – City of Yarra (2016)

Wave Consulting has been working in collaboration with Alluvium and the City of Yarra, Moreland, Melbourne and Brimbank, to develop a Green Infrastructure toolkit for local government. The project, funded by the Victorian Government, is based on the premise that the objectives and outcomes of green infrastructure are clear, but the process and method to achieve it within a local government are not. For this project, green infrastructure refers to the natural assets (trees, parks, raingardens, constructed wetlands, reserves and water bodies) in the public realm. The project produced 10 green infrastructure (capital works and other institutional works) case studies and will provide a roadmap for councils to improve their delivery of green infrastructure along with a series of tools.  


ESD Master Plan – Kensington – Impact Investment Group and Woods Bagot

We worked with Woods Bagot and Impact Investment Group to identify a range of innovative options for water and energy management on a redevelopment site in inner Melbourne. The site has a combination of educational, tech, arts and commercial uses, with a clear objective to deliver better social and environmental outcomes. 

We put forward innovative ideas in managing water and energy, as well as how the surrounding region could become a demonstration precinct in environmental performance.  


Dobson’s Creek catchment disconnection - Melbourne Water

Rob Catchlove, as the project manager, worked on the first industry led project in Australia to engage all 550 households in a small catchment located in outer eastern Melbourne. The objective was to disconnect all surface water drainage, preventing it from flowing directly to the creek.This involved mapping all impervious areas, reviewing the options for ongoing planning controls (to protect the multi-million dollar investment), modelling the hydrological and financial options and training SE Water staff in how to explain the benefits of rainwater tanks for river health. Rob set up a comprehensive tracking and monitoring system to assist in evaluation upon completion. He managed the project to ultimately enable a bulk roll out of rainwater tanks and model the impact on the runoff and water use. The project involved Melbourne Water, DELWP, SE Water, Knox City Council and residents. The project has recently tested the use of market based instruments to more efficiently deliver this type of single lot infrastructure.


Rockbank North Integrated Water - Joint Venture

Rob Catchlove, as the project manager and lead designer, worked with the Joint Venture of Woodlea, Office of Living Victoria, Melbourne Water, Western Water and Melton City Council, exploring options for the best water mix and liveability outcomes in a large greenfield site. Each new house in the west of Melbourne adds an average of 100,000 litres of water to the drainage and creek system. The challenge was to use options analysis and a cost benefit study to turn the impact into an opportunity. We analysed how to balance the reuse of rainwater by importing Class A water from a nearby treatment plant that had an oversupply. The report for the Joint Venture and the Office of Living Victoria, helped all stakeholders consider the entire community benefit against their agency responsibilities and costs, review what assets they wanted to manage and why, and how to share the benefits. This project demonstrated that when a developer is interested in going beyond best practice, a lot is possible.


Integrated Water Management Study – City of Greater Dandenong

Rob Catchlove, as the project manager and facilitator, worked with the City of Greater Dandenong to develop a water and pollutant balance and to describe the future scenarios of water in the municipality out to 2070. We learnt from this project that the city acted as a conduit for significant amounts of stormwater runoff and sewage flows, while the city itself uses a very small portion of the water. 

Climate change and population growth are the two biggest drivers of change for the city. They have the ability to significantly change the water story – we need more water, we have less and it will cost more. The Council used this to reconsider how they approach water issues and make smarter investments in their own buildings and sites.


Liveability framework - Melbourne Water

Rob Catchlove managed a series of projects to help Melbourne Water define liveability, understand the community perception of how water helps improve liveability, and what a water authority can do to help improve a location’s liveability. Rob worked with Melbourne Water to obtain a grant from VicWater, followed by ongoing work with Melbourne Water to document the link between improved physical and mental health, and water authorities’ on ground programs.