Professor Peter Coombes

By Invitation of the Irrigation Australia Rainwater Harvesting Committee

Professor Peter Coombes

By Invitation of the Irrigation Australia Rainwater Harvesting Committee

Prof Peter Coombes is a director of Urban Water Cycle Solutions that operates as an independent research and consulting think tank. He is currently an Editor of the Urban Book of Australian Rainfall and Runoff. He was recently a professor of hydrology and water resources at Swinburne University, a Chief Scientist in the Victorian Government and the Managing Director of Bonacci Water.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.10 & E5.7

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 14.30 – 15.00 & Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 16.00 – 16.30

Abstract Outline: Abstract 1: New economy of rainwater harvesting and water efficient appliances

Historical demographic, water resources and economic “big” data was examined and included in “bottom up” systems framework to understand the benefits of distributed solutions for household water efficiency and rainwater harvesting in Australian capital city regions. We use a long history of data from government departments, agencies, utilities and private industry to discover the whole of system and society value of distributed solutions. This investigation aims to contribute to knowledge about this key question for our society – local actions provide whole of society benefits but what are the benefits and how do these benefits manifest across scales?

Abstract 2: Rainwater harvesting urban residential design specification

The Independent Residential Rainwater Harvesting Guide was provided by  Urban Water Cycle Solutions (UWCS) and the Rainwater Harvesting Association of Australia (RHAA) for above ground rainwater harvesting systems connected to residential dwellings in urban areas. This independent design specification is a living document that will be regularly updated in response to evidence, discussions and independent science. The user is encouraged to provide comments and feedback to the UWCS webpage for inclusion in the ongoing review process. This presentation outlines the key independent findings, including the health of Australians using rainwater and the natural rainwater treatment train, and the review processes used to develop this guideline.

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