Partner with us to secure our vital natural resources for future generations. Our researchers work in collaboration with industry and government to find innovative solutions tackling global environmental challenges.
The earth’s natural environment, its food supply, cities and economies are all fundamentally dependent on water. Its secure supply consistently rates as one of humanity’s biggest strategic challenges as the imbalance between supply and demand, caused by rapid population growth and industrialisation, over-extraction of water, chronic pollution and climate change, grows.
Water innovation is vital to a sustainable future and we take a holistic approach to the three pillars of water productivity and security: water planning, infrastructure and operations (technology), and governance.
We work with farmers, river and catchment managers and water utilities to develop practical solutions for their water challenges in urban and natural environments. Our collaborations in research and development have underpinned advances in water technology and policy including transformation in salinity management, wastewater treatment and remediation, irrigation supply, flood design, basin planning and river restoration.
Our research collaborations deliver innovative solutions with transformative outcomes for industry, communities and the environment.
We are developing new technologies and precision agriculture to boost agricultural production and reduce its environmental footprint to advance farm productivity needed to achieve food security for a global population expected to increase from 7.6 billion in 2018 to 9.8 billion by 2050.View
As many parts of the world face serious threat from water stress, our research provides valuable information and tools for governments, water management agencies and industries managing water in a changing and variable climate.View
To optimise environmental outcomes, our focus is on continual improvement of environmental water decisions by strengthening the quality of available information to support evidence-based decisions.View
Urban water infrastructure
From smarter delivery systems, to remediating and purifying wastewater and understanding the impacts of climate change and population growth on water supply – our research focus takes in the entire water cycle, providing effective, efficient infrastructure.View
A blueprint for regional water productivity
Water is at the front and-centre of public debate with significant investment and effort devoted to improving its use and management.
A blueprint for regional water productivity outlines an innovation and collaborative framework to which individual and organisational contributions can be aligned to in order to achieve greatest value from Australia’s limited water resources in regional areas.
Farms, rivers and markets: doing more with less water
Farms, rivers and markets: doing more with less water outlines a framework for farmers, environmental water holders and other interested stakeholders to address crucial challenges in water management for the farming industry.
Professor Michael Stewardson
Modelling the impact of mine developments on groundwater is critical for protecting ecosystems and agriculture, but it can go astray if we don’t recognise that all models lack certaintyPursuit
Is water a commodity or a right? Cape Town could be the first of many cities around the world to experience the reality of water demand far outstripping supplyPursuit
After more than 100 years of degradation, a plan limiting and returning water to Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin is seeing positive resultsPursuit
Australian cities could easily find themselves running dry like Cape Town without proper planning; but we are already taking steps to keep the water runningPursuit
The South African city of Cape Town, home to more than four million people, is set to run out of water in a matter of weeks. It is a crisis that threatens to be repeated globally.Pursuit
The first fresh-water wave tank of its kind in the world is being used to study how pancake ice forms and melts, and could inform how we better model our global climatePursuit
An expedition to the Antarctic explores where rogue waves begin, and what these monsters tell us about the way the ocean behaves and interacts with global climate changePursuit
University of Melbourne School of Engineering PhD student Sam Skinner said better sludge disposal could significantly reduce the cost of wastewater treatment.Ingenium
Gravity has powered the distribution of water in agricultural districts for millennia. Enhanced by Australian innovations, several large-scale gravity-fed irrigation networks are now delivering water to farms more efficiently, leading to improved productivity of limited water resources.Ingenium
The world is rushing towards a water crisis. The United Nations estimates more than 780 million people, 1 in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe drinking water.Pursuit
Water is life, the world’s most precious resource. Yet across rural Australia, irrigation systems covering an estimated 2.5 million hectares of land are in desperate need of modernisation. In the United States, the figure is 10 times as high.Pursuit