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"Melbourne generates around 500 gigalitres of storm-water a
year, which is equivalent to the amount of water we consume."
A vital resource
down the drain
ABOVE: A wetland system that is used to remove sediments, nutrients, heavy metals and hydrocarbons prior
to UV filtration
The past few weeks aside, we live
in a dry landscape. We need all
the water we can lay our hands
on, but most of the rain is wasted.
"The statistics are saying that
Melbourne generates around 500
gigalitres of storm-water a year, which
is equivalent to the amount of water
we consume," says Damien
D'Aspromonte, Team Manager, Surface
Water with engineering company
"It is a big quantity of water we
are missing, our parks, golf courses
and gardens are getting dry, which
would be a perfect use for it.
Engineers in the past have concrete
lined channels in many areas, but
now we are going back and restoring
waterways. We are harvesting water
to re-use for irrigation."
The engineering solutions that Mr
D'Aspromonte devises are targeted,
practical, and local. "The schemes I
am working on at the moment are
financially viable solutions," he says.
"The government is spending big
money on it at federal and state
levels, which is helping get schemes
off the ground in both public and
private sectors. We've got small scale
schemes were we've looked at
harvesting water from a local
industrial area and re-using it. You've
got a fair amount of run-off from
most industrial areas because they are
''You've got schemes where you are
harvesting off much bigger drains
that might be servicing a much larger
catchment, and using it on a smaller
scale for the irrigation of a golf
course, a park, or something like that.
They vary in size, there are
opportunities on different scales.
"In most cases, because it is
captured closer to where it will be
used, the water is fed by gravity into
a storage system, and then pumped
back to where it will be used, into an
existing irrigation line, stand-pipe or
''In the schemes I have looked at
you've got a storm-water main
running through the site. You are
capturing the water locally and using
it locally, you are not talking about a
massive amount of infrastructure."
Surface water poses biological
problems as well as mechanical, Mr
D'Aspromonte says. "There is the
health issue, you have storm-water
that in some cases has levels of E. Coli
which are not acceptable to spray on
a field, so you have to have the right
treatment processes in place to ensure
you are not compromising anyone's
The Surface Water team consists of
several specialists, Mr D'Aspromonte
says. "We've got a guy who is a
chemist, he knows how to treat
water, so he is a water chemist.
''We've got environmental scientists,
environmental engineers, civil
engineers, a diversity of people who
have knowledge on different aspects
of water, guys who specialise in the
treatment, others who understand the
environmental side of things, and
guys who do the standard civil
engineering to get infrastructure in
the ground and construction, so it's
not purely a civil engineering job, it
involves a fair few other people."
Water is becoming a career move
for many, as major companies like
Parsons Brinckerhoff are increasingly
becoming involved in the complex
and ambitious water engineering
projects that are vital for the future
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