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Lead and other heavy metals: common contaminants of rainwater

This conference paper details research by CSIRO and Monash University into the level of heavy metals in rainwater tanks in Melbourne. (9 pages)

Government policies, natural resources and the environment: analysing paths to sustainability in Indonesia

This discussion paper describes the current situation in Indonesia: trends are identified and described, drivers that determine these trends are identified and analysed, an overview is given on macro policy and studies that developed analysis as well as the methodology and results of these studies. (92 pages)

Uncharted waters: influences on the Australian urban water sector report

A 58-page report by the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship on the key factors that are likely to shape urban water management over the next twenty years.

Process magazine

The February 2008 issue shows how CSIRO researchers use process engineering to evaluate and improve existing processes and develop new processes to meet clients needs. (12 pages) 

The Sustainable Communities Initiative Final Report

This 68-page report is the final report released by the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI).

House Water Expert software

Download House Water Expert, a free interactive software package that enables you to accurately record your water use and assess ways to reduce water wastage.

Global Warming demands ecological action (Podcast 04 Sep 2009)

A world-wide collapse of habitats, species extinctions, the spread of pests and diseases, and serious threats to even the most common plants and animals are all on the cards with the state of the global environment. (6:07)

Analysing pathways to sustainability in Indonesia: project evaluation

This 42-page report compiled by GHD Hassall is an evaluation of the project performance.

86Urban WFHC MedRelTsr

As water supplies dwindle and our cities continue to grow, risks to our quality of life and rising charges stare Australia's 15 million city residents in the face.

88Reef WFHC MedRelTsr

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef catchments will serve as a living laboratory as Australia pioneers a radical new approach to improving the health of the world's coral reefs.

Avon River Basin 2050: confronting our future

This 20-page report presents the outcomes of this project in 'plain English' for a general audience detailing the explored alternative future landscapes for the wheatbelt of Western Australia.


CSIRO is undertaking a comprehensive scientific assessment of current and future water availability in all major water systems across Australia to allow a consistent framework for future water policy decisions.

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The River Murray region - the Murray, its tributaries and its catchments - is at the heart of a huge national research project which is intended to find ways to increase the benefit from Australia's scarce water resources.

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Perth and the surrounding Swan-Avon region including the wheat-sheep zone of Western Australia are at the heart of a huge national research program to make better use and take greater care of Australia's scarce water resources.

Motivating change in the catchment

This 47-page handbook is a practical resource for catchment managers to assess if an incentive program for biodiversity enhancement is appropriate in their catchment.

A snapshot of the lifestyles and consumption patterns of a sample of Australian households

The preliminary results of research looking at the lifestyle choices made by Australian households to determine consumption patterns and the impacts these have on quality of life and the environment. (2 pages)


This article from CSIRO's publication Solve of August 2005 addresses how science is meeting the challenge of finding ways to reduce Australia's wasteful water practices and improve the way we use and manage this finite resource.

PARMS-Priority software: managing pipeline replacement analysis

CSIRO has developed the Pipeline Asset and Risk Management System (PARMS), a suite of computer-based models designed to assist water authorities in the management of water supply network assets. (2 pages)

SEED Working Paper 27: Removing barriers to facilitate efficient water markets in the Murray Darling Basin – a case study from Australia

This 35-page working paper is number 2009-01, the 26th paper in the Socio-Economics and the Environment in Discussion (SEED) working paper series. The SEED CSIRO Working Paper Series aims to bring together environmental socio-economic research from across CSIRO.

How much are our Tropical Rivers worth? (Podcast 26 Aug 2009)

In comparison to Australia’s temperate freshwater and tropical marine systems, Australia’s tropical river systems are poorly understood, yet tropical rivers deliver around 70 percent of the continent’s freshwater runoff and are increasingly being targeted for development. (6:23)

Turning stormwater into drinking water

A South Australian project has demonstrated how water, currently left to flow down our gutters, can be harvested for drinking. (2 pages)

Murrumbidgee Regional Report, Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project

The full report for the Murrumbidgee region from the CSIRO Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields Project. (172 pages)

Expert panel set to discuss Australian Mammal Extinction Crisis (Podcast 07 Aug 2009)

Australia has one of the worst mammal extinction rates in the world, with 22 mammals becoming extinct over the past 200 years. Ground-breaking ideas are now being developed to turn this situation around. (5:04)

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One of the largest water research partnerships in Australian history, the Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship, was launched in Canberra today by the Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.

Wungong urban water project

A four-page fact sheet about the Wungong urban water in Western Australia.

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