The changing role of Water in Australian Cities

The City of Melbourne have recently released a webpage and videos entitled ‘Urban Water – discover how water creates a liveable city’ which demonstrates the good work Melbourne is doing in this field. Over the last 20 years, and particularly in the last two or three years a new role and way of thinking about water in our cities has emerged. There is now a great deal of research and action on the role of water in supporting urban green spaces, the pleasure that people experience from activities along local waterways and keeping and using that stormwater that previously we were trying to get rid of as quickly as possible. The keyword everyone is using is ‘liveability’, looking at how water makes our cities more ‘liveable’. Liveable seems to mean more pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable, more sustainable and healthier.

Water Sources: Groundwater

cracked earthWith National Water Week starting on Sunday, here is the next post in our series on ‘Water Sources – there are more than you think’. What is groundwater? Groundwater is underground water. Groundwater and surface water are connected as surface water seeps deep into the ground and forms huge underground reservoirs

Matt Damon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with a Twist

Matt Damon wearing a toilet seatThe ALS Ice bucket challenge has taken the world by storm with celebrities and even the Simpsons have taken part to raise money for charity. While all are entertaining, not all are the same. Find out why Matt Damon uses water from the toilet?

Steel rainwater tanks

rainwater tankAs we head into the cooler months in the Southern states, we are getting more rainfall, so it is an ideal time to look at getting a rainwater tank. This will mean it has time to fill up for garden use in the drier months, or allow you to plumb the tank into the toilet or washing machine for year round use. With a range of tank materials out there,

Healthy Green Living at the Garden Show

Healthy Green Living site at the garden showThe mornings are getting cooler in Melbourne, the leaves are starting to change colours and it’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy some of the City’s parks. The Carlton Gardens are a beautiful place to go at the best of times, but in March they undergo a spectacular transformation for The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

World Water Day 2014: Water and Energy

Man holding a hose and woman holding a bucket with wind turbine in the backgroundNow in it’s 20th year, World Water Day is focussing on Energy and Water in 2014. Simply providing water requires significant amounts of energy, while energy production often requires large amounts of water, and that’s only the beginning of the relationship. The World Bank has put together the following infographic on the links

Recycle your butt

cigarette buttsYou may have already heard in the news today that there is a new recycling scheme for cigarettes butt what does that have to do with water? In short, a lot! Cigarette’s are by far the most common form of litter in Australia, making up for 11% of the rubbish that was picked up during Clean Up Australia Day in 2013. In the ACT alone,

International Year of Water Cooperation

Two boys carrying waterAs the year draws to a close, let’s take a look back at the International Year of Water Cooperation. 2013 was declared the International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC), allowing the international community to recognise the importance of peaceful and sustainable management and use of water resources. Not only is

Sustainable Sports

Melbourne Cricket GroundMelbourne attracts millions of people every year to sport and cultural events. Two venues in particular are notable for their sheer enormity and grandeur, the

What is plastic doing to us and our oceans?

Take 3 for the SeaAs the seasons change, we will all be spending a little bit more time and taking advantage of the incredible beaches Australia has to offer. Our latest refillit expert, Tim Silverwood from Take 3 took time out to talk to us about how plastic waste at the beach is far more than just an eyesore, but is in fact killing our marine life and working