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Water sustainability under investigation

Friday, 28th May, 2010

Proffesor Glenn Albrecht and Neville Ellis from Murdoch University visited Country Water's new treatment plant yesterday as they examine the city's water supply. Proffesor Glenn Albrecht and Neville Ellis from Murdoch University visited Country Water's new treatment plant yesterday as they examine the city's water supply.

Murdoch University Professor Glenn Albrecht is in Broken
Hill to investigate whether the city’s water supply will remain sustainable.
The University is conducting a research project exploring the
capacity for people to adapt to the impending challenges of climate change and water security.
The project is being
undertaken on behalf
of the National Climate
Change Adaptation
Research Facility.
It is focussed on Broken
Hill and Kalgoorlie - two
of Australia’s largest
inland cities.
Despite being on
opposite sides of the
continent, the cities share
semi-arid environments,
mining histories, similar
populations and limited
water supplies.
Professor Albrecht is
in the city this week to
talk to water suppliers
and stakeholders. He is
accompanied by Neville
Ellis.
Prof Albrecht said he
was examining the city’s
history of engineering
and innovation in its bid
to retain a water supply.
He believes examining
the efforts of the past will
inform the city’s ability to
survive climate change.
On Thursday, June 24,
Prof Albrecht will return
to Broken Hill for a
Community Water Expo.
He will invite residents
to provide their visions of
the future of the city in
light of climate change.
Several options will
be presented, including
a future where climate
remains steady and the
city unchanged; one
where rising temperatures
require more expensive
water delivery solutions
that prices some out of
the city; and a scenario
where heat and water
scarcity have rendered
the city uninhabitable.
Attendees will be asked
to pick which scenario
they think most likely as a
way of gauging the city’s
opinion on the issue.
“We anticipate that
the Water Expo will be a
fantastic opportunity for
the citizens of the region
to come together to
discuss these important
issues and begin the
journey of finding out
about and planning for
their future,” said Prof
Albrecht.
The project is funded
by a Commonwealth
grant and is under a
tight deadline. Prof
Albrecht said the
speed of the exercise
was a symptom of the
Government’s eagerness
to gather solid research.
Murdoch University is
independent.

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