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Urban water

We consult to developers, local government, state government, and utilities, to determine the best and most sustainable way of managing water in cities.

In cities the challenge is providing the right amount of water, of the right quality, at the right time, to the right place, for the best price.  

Every company and public agency has a different perception on the problem, and their responsibility in addressing it. Whether you need to save water, export water, manage flooding, develop options, green a city, recycle water, filter water, or value water as more than a commodity, we can help.

Our consulting covers all range of issues: urban water, integrated water management, green infrastructure, water sensitive urban design and water supply & demand.

Our goal for our work is to provide clarity on the nature of the problem, develop options, and a design solution. Throughout we look explicitly at how our solutions address climate change and move us towards greener, more liveable cities.

We use a range of techniques including data analysis, computer modelling, GIS mapping, qualitative interviews, stakeholder engagement, and data visualisation to do this work.  

Renewable energy

We specialise in:

  • developing microgrids
  • energy demand analysis
  • identifying key areas of improvement for energy efficiency
  • the link between energy and water
  • sizing of photovoltaic and battery systems 

There is a huge amount of complexity to the technology and the installation of renewable energy projects, and we are not technology or electrical experts, but focus on the outcome and the objectives.  

We focus on helping clients and individuals do something to tackle climate change.

Future thinking

One of the hardest things for any practitioner to do is think beyond the now, the rules of today, and problems on their desk right now.

We bring new thinking into a project. We introduce ideas and concepts gleaned from working in both the water and energy sectors, and are constantly in touch with innovative projects and ideas across the world: from vertical gardens to filter air quality in Mexico, to green star developments in London, to microgrids in Brooklyn USA.

Review / evaluation

We undertake evaluations and reviews by using both qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Evaluations of past projects and programs are useful in celebrating successes, learning from our mistakes, and making tough decisions for future strategies and programs.


We are experts in facilitation. We have been trained in IAP2, worked in stakeholder engagement and community outreach projects.

When you need to run a three-hour workshop with 15 people, you need someone from Wave Consulting to ensure you get the very best use of the group’s time, working through a clear process to develop a realistic action plan so that participants come away feeling inspired and committed to the project.

We can help you to plan sessions, involve participants before and during the workshop, and write clear and simple reports after the event.


We are available for secondments where clients request them. We often suggest that short secondments (like one day a week for a month) are useful in delivering project work.

This is true to our values of collaboration and understanding the physical and institutional environment.




We work with a consortium to maintain small scale water and energy systems. Maintenance of small and precinct scale systems is critical to a liveable city. Research shows that many innovative and green star buildings are not performing to specifications, meaning a 5-star building could in reality only be operating as a 2 or 3-star building. 

Our own research has shown that improvements to the maintenance and use of rainwater tanks would see the investment realise ten times more water.  




We work with a range of design and construct small scale water. WSUD is a planning permit requirement in some councils, and we help people by designing, consulting with council, liaising with architects, selecting the right plants, overseeing construction, and documenting a maintenance plan. We aim to create beautiful yet also functional landscapes.  We design for low maintenance and resilient systems and can manage all aspects of process for you.