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Water e-Journal is your online hub for high-quality technical water papers in Australia.  
Papers go through rigorous quality control and peer-review before publication and cover a broad range of topics relating to our most precious asset.  AWA members unlock exclusive access to newly published papers for 3 months. Not a member, but would like instant access to all papers?

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Why submit a paper to the Water e-Journal?

Water e-Journal is the premier online journal for urban water science and technical issues in Australia. 

Publishing in the Water e-Journal can provide valuable networking opportunities, collaborations, and discussions that can further your research, work and career.

All technical papers that are submitted will be assessed for publication in Water e-Journal, with a one-page Executive Summary also considered for publication in Current magazine. Papers published in the journal also qualify for the prestigious Guy Parker Award, which is announced at Ozwater each year.

See the Best Paper Honour Roll here.

The Water e-Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality technical papers about all aspects of the water industry. By publishing in Water e-Journal, you are contributing to the collective body of knowledge in the field of water-related matters. Your work can help address important issues and contribute to solutions for global water challenges.

Journals play a vital role in increasing the discoverability of your work, as they are regularly accessed by communities of interested readers. Submitting to the Water e-Journal can enhance the visibility of your work, extending beyond your close network of contacts and colleagues. Water-related research often spans multiple disciplines, and Water e-Journal attracts a diverse readership and can potentially lead to invaluable interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Water e-Journal and its predecessor WATER also provide a valuable resource and historical record of the technical challenges and changes the Australian Water industry has faced over the past 45 years. Back issues can be viewed here and current contributions help to maintain that record.

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Guy Parker Award | Winning Paper 2023


Evaluating and Comparing Circular Economy options in Yarra Valley Water’s 2030 Strategy: This innovative project resulted in the development of a circular baseline analysis framework specially adapted for water utilities and identified new opportunities that go far beyond the water cycle impacts and benefits.



Structural assessment of sewer pump stations using a novel photonics-based sensor system

M Fabian, R Scott, S Bandyopadhyay, T Sun, K TV Grattan, H Bustamante, M Thurner, E Coiro, R Llave, M Win, J Hearfield

This paper reports the outcome of the research jointly developed and implemented by Sydney Water and City, University of London ...

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Jar tests and evaluation of floc characteristics

Advanced optimisation in pilot-scale trial and emergency pre-treatment design to produce safe drinking water

ASM Mohiuddin, Y C Wang, S Vigneswaran

Through advanced testing and optimisation at the pilot-scale contact filtration plant and designing an emergency pre-treatment ...

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Per and poly-fluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) removal by a radial flow cartridge system

B Dalrymple, B Allingham, M Wicks, W Jones, J McDonald

Two field-scale studies were undertaken of a radial flow cartridge system (RFCS) installed to remove PFAS from ...

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Here, there or everywhere: A comparison of centralised and decentralised desalination schemes

R Argento, N Peiper, G Finlayson

To compare centralised and decentralised desalination in terms of economic, environmental, and social factors ...

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Seawater desalination energy efficiency and emissions reduction at Gold Coast Desalination Plant

J Jo

This paper investigates the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in the operation of the Gold Coast Desalination Plant ...

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Burdekin Dam in QLD

How much water supply resilience is enough? – A discussion paper

L Donaldson

Resilience for water supply systems is the ability to maintain supply when the system is impacted by a disruption from the norm. The paper investigated two ends of the resilience spectrum ...

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Gas Infusion technology: An innovative way to oxygenate and treat wastewater

M Mackenzie, A Monutti, W Campbell, G Ronconi

This paper evaluates Gas Infusion technology based on the results from full scale pilot plants developed for Canadian and Brazilian utilities ...

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Adelaide Desalination Plant sunset spread

Sustainable desalination showcasing the submerged UF membranes pre-treatment at the Adelaide Desalination Plant

H A Lazaredes, J A González, R Gergawy

This paper demonstrates that submerged membranes as pre-treatment are very relevant and are a sustainable pre-treatment solution for desalination plants ...

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The red meat processing sector plays a vital role in Australia’s economy

Digital tool for driving circular economy outcomes in the Australian red meat industry

F Tessele

This study presents the development of a novel digital tool aimed at facilitating the preliminary sizing and economical evaluation of integrated resource management facilities for wastewater ...

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Seawater Reverse Osmosis

Design strategies for reducing energy and total costs for large-scale seawater reverse osmosis plants

K Chao, Dr. E Rozenbaoum, Dr. H Hyung

This paper presents essential design considerations that impact energy use and strategies for maximising total cost savings for SWRO plants ...

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Resilience through disasters – The reinstatement and subsequent restart of the Sydney Desalination Plant

R Karamihas, M Blaikie

This paper aims to provide an insight into the history of Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Limited, describe the complex project that was the Reinstatement, and the evolution ...

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Beyond digital: Protecting public health from water sector cybersecurity risks

D Visser, V Ghoddousi, P Clissold, B Shackleton, H Cole

Are digital controls sufficient, or should additional methods be used to secure drinking water supplies? Discussion about some opportunities to further ...

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PFAS removal: The forever chemical now has an expiration date

P Callaghan, R Ooi, S Callaghan, L Callaghan

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of anthropogenic chemicals. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and humans. They have a negative effect ...

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Design of intakes and outfalls to avoid risks during operation

E Pita

This paper describes some of the problems that can be experienced during the operation of desalination plants and the way these can be prevented during the design stage. Proper design of marine installations ...

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brain-storming safe design

A proposed safe design of the reverse osmosis system

M E B Lezaun, R Mangano, S Puzzo

In a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, the SWRO system includes the high-pressure pump, the high-pressure piping, the energy recovery equipment, the pressure vessels and the RO membranes ...

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Water Storage

A Study of Water Quality in Kelly’s Off Stream Storage, Byfield, Central Queensland

L Fabbro, A Craig, G G Kafle, L Wells, T Collins, G McIntyre, M Dalton, A Gibson

This paper analyses the water quality and environmental determinants for Kelly’s Off Stream Storage, Byfield, Central Queensland with a  ...

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Comparing the reliability of two soil moisture probes for high clay content NSW soils

D Bretreger, G Hancock, I-Y. Yeo, C Martinez, T Wells, T Cox, V Kunkel, A Gibson

The accurate measurement of soil moisture can be a time-consuming task. Soil moisture is highly variable, and it can be ...

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Membrane Loader for the Reverse Osmosis - feature image

Membrane Loader for the Reverse Osmosis (RO) Membrane Replacement at Seqwater’s Gold Coast Desalination Plant

J Jo, H van der Zouwen

Although the Reverse Osmosis (RO) membranes at Gold Coast Desalination Plant (GCDP) aged considerably well since plant commissioning ...

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Editorial Committee

Daniel Visser, GHD (Chair)  

Robert Ford, Retired  

Committee Members:
Dr Andrew Bath
Dr Dharma Dharmabalan
Prof Ted Gardner 
Dr Lionel Ho 
Mr Asoka Jayaratne 
Dr Tim Muster 
Mr Joe Pera 
Ms Karen Rouse 
Ms Kala Senathirajah 
Mr Nick Swain