Title: The Role of Urban Infrastructure on Ground Water Contamination - the EU AISUWRS Project 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: S.Burn, D.DeSilva, G.Tjandraatmadja, G.Mitchell, C.Diaper, R.Correll, P.Dillon & M.Eiswirth (2003) : The Role of Urban Infrastructure on Ground Water Contamination - the EU AISUWRS Project 
Author 1/Producer: Burn, S. 
Other Authors/Producers: DeSilva, D.,Tjandraatmadja,G., Mitchell, G., Diaper, C., Correll, R., Dillon, P., Eiswirth, M. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.urbanwater.de/results/publications/burn_pipes_wag ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Groundwater protection-->Groundwater protection overview
 
Short description: This paper describes a major European/Australian project on Assessing and Improving the Sustainability of Urban Water Resources and Systems (AISUWRS), which will allow cities to assess the impact of leaking urban infrastructure on the long-term viability of their ground water supplies for potable water use. By understanding the volumes and levels of contaminants and their movement from the infrastructure into the aquifer, water utilities will be able to determine if urban contaminants will have a significant effect on the sustainability of the aquifer and its potential use by future generations. Decision support and costing models will allow determination of the most sustainable method of managing the infrastructure to minimise urban water pollution. The long-term environmental costs to the community of groundwater treatment and remediation techniques will be compared with the cost of rehabilitating urban water infrastructure. One of the major outcomes will be a set of guidelines for the sustainable development of urban water systems, to ensure that the effect of future development on ground water contamination is addressed. The models will be directly applicable to a number of Australian cities (i.e. Perth, Wagga Wagga, Newcastle) that currently rely to a significant extent on ground water for their potable water supply, and will allow the long-term cost implications of different operational and design practices to be assessed. For the verification and validation of the model, detailed field studies will be carried out in four case study cities, with Mt Gambier being selected as the Australian case city. 
Link to Project(s): AISUWRS Assessing and Improving Sustainablilty of Urban Water Resources and Systems
 
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