• Bridging troubled waters: engaging Uralla on water sustainability

    Kay Harrison     |      November 11, 2021

    Inclusive decision-making that consults local communities is key to making informed choices on environmental issues such as water security.

  • Water, water, everywhere?

    Open Forum     |      April 22, 2021

    Researchers at UniSA have developed a cost-effective technique that could deliver safe drinking water to millions of vulnerable people using cheap, sustainable materials and sunlight.

  • China fights for every drop of water

    Connor Dilleen     |      March 20, 2021

    China’s mega-dams are badly affecting other Asian nations dependent on natural river flows.

  • Water is a national security priority

    James Mortensen     |      February 27, 2021

    It’s time for water management to receive scrutiny and oversight befitting our most pressing national security challenges. We need to catch the moment while the rain is falling, rather than face a hangover when our taps run dry.

  • Accounting for the human factor in water management

    Caroline Tang     |      June 9, 2020

    The often-overlooked “human factor” in water management rules can have serious consequences for water supply for both irrigated agriculture and the environment, according to new UNSW Sydney research.

  • Dying of thirst?

    Connor Dilleen     |      January 29, 2020

    Water shortages around the world, exacerbated by population increases, environmental mismanagement and climate change, are creating tensions which may soon spill into war.

  • The bushfire threat to drinking water

    Sherry Landow     |      January 12, 2020

    Regional and metropolitan areas around NSW are facing water quality concerns in the face of the bushfire crisis.

  • Water decision making: Are politicians performing?

    James Horne     |      January 9, 2020

    Australia’s record on delivering good public policy outcomes in water is laudable. But increasingly, in the face of climate change, we need to improve that performance.

  • The red herring in the water

    Open Forum     |      December 12, 2019

    New research from the University of Adelaide has shown that climate and economic factors are the main drivers of farmers leaving their properties in the Murray-Darling Basin, not reduced water for irrigation as commonly claimed.

  • Making better use of waste water

    Roberta Ryan     |      November 8, 2019

    As regional Australian towns face the prospect of running out of water, it’s time to ask why Australia does not make better use of recycled wastewater.

  • Is our water safe to drink?

    Open Forum     |      November 3, 2019

    High standards of potable water depend on good policies, but current systems and legislation may not always be supported by solid scientific research or best practice in public health.

  • Managing the hidden water beneath our feet

    Rebecca Nelson     |      October 23, 2019

    Decision-makers have significant discretion when it comes to regulating groundwater, but there is too little transparency about how it is used and its effect on the local environment.