In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, practical and critical analytical skills which can be applied to implement integrated urban water management (IUWM) and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) approaches, and decentralised and communal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. The unit material has been developed to enhance students' communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to practice as an Engineer. In order to enhance and extend specialist knowledge required in the discipline of IUWM, this unit provides an overview of integrated urban water systems incorporating centralised, decentralised, hybrid and water sensitive urban design approaches/ systems. The unit will include the application of fit for purpose alternative water resources; sustainability assessment of IUWM approaches covering economic, environmental and social criteria; application of multi-criteria decision approaches. The students will apply these approaches in greenfield, infill and existing developments.
The students will learn the application of MUSIC, Urban Volume and Quality (UVQ) and Tank models for the quantitative assessment of IUWM approaches. In addition this unit covers conceptual water infrastructure design approaches, life cycle costing and the application of life cycle assessment outcomes for the quantitative assessment of IUWM. The students will also learn about the role of decentralised systems in the transition of current centralised systems to a more sustainable state with the application of IUWM.