Catchment Management Community of Interest

The Catchment Management CoI is the central place for catchment managers, climate change managers, reservoir managers and other interested water professionals to come together and exchange knowledge, share ideas, resources, experiences and challenges, and discover opportunities to become involved with current research initiatives.

Our Catchment Management CoI has helped identify shared problems and develop evidence-based solutions for our 70+ member organisations and their networks for over 10 years.


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FEB 2021 | Recently Released: Good Practice Guide to Sanitary Surveys and Operational Monitoring to Support the Assessment and Management of Drinking Water Catchments

The recently released Good Practice Guide has drawn together and presented current best practice, noted recent innovations, highlighted current research and development activities and predicted future research priorities. The Guide provides worked examples and recommendations of good practice source water sanitary survey methods that make appropriate use of modern technologies and that meet contemporary needs. This helps guide the water sector in its conduct of catchment assessments and observational monitoring under the ADWG Framework and for establishing treatment requirements under HBT approaches.

The Guide provides valuable support for water utilities looking for consistency in the delivery of sanitary surveys as part of their source water assessments to support HBT and other risk assessment objectives. The Guide has been developed based on extensive review of literature and practical case studies, sector-wide workshops and consultation processes, and major contributions from water utilities, catchment management authorities, health authorities, academics and technical consultants. As such it represents a community of practice consensus position from across the WaterRA membership.

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MARCH 2020 | An overview of the soon-to-be-released Source Water Assessment Guide was presented at the recent 2020 Catchment Forum: VIRTUAL hosted by WaterRA.

The sneak preview was provided to Catchment Forum delegates by project leads; Dan Deere of Water Futures and Karla Billington of Naturallogic.

The WaterRA project leading to the development of the Guide was initiated at the request of WaterRA member water utilities to provide a guidance document for undertaking Sanitary Surveys of pathogen sources in drinking water catchments.

Drawing together professional good practice from WaterRA member organisations, and the broader international water sector, the guidance was formed as a part of understanding catchment pathogen pollution sources and their associated controls.

This guidance highlights and builds upon existing good practice nationally and internationally, and will be referred to in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) updates to the ADWG guidance. 

Further details will be provided when the Source Water Assessment Guide is officially released. 


Helpful Resources 

Baker et al., 2016. Standardised survey method for identifying catchment risks to water quality. J Water Health.14(3):349-68. doi: 10.2166/wh.2015.054.

Ferguson et al., 2004. Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment (Australia). 2004,  pathogen movement and survival in catchments, groundwaters and raw water storages: management implications from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment Catchments and Storages Research Program CRC for Water Quality Treatment Salisbury, S. Aust.

Water Services Association of Australia (2003). Best practice environmental management: Catchments for recreational water: conducting and assessing sanitary inspections. Melbourne, Egis Consulting Australia, Pty Ltd.: 63

World Health Organization (WHO) 2012. Animal Waste, Water Quality and Human Health. Edited by Al Dufour, Jamie Bartram, Robert Bos and Victor Gannon. ISBN: 9781780401232. Published by IWA Publishing, London, UK

World Health Organization (WHO) 2016. Protecting surface water for health. Identifying, assessing and managing drinking-water quality risks in surface-water catchments. Edited by Rickert, B. Chorus, I. Schmoll, O. ISBN 978 92 4 151055, Public Published by World Health Organization.

Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) 2008. Practical Guide to Understanding and Managing Surface Water Catchments. Davison A, Deere D and Mosse P. Water Industry Operators Association, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.


CoI Members

Barwon Water City West Water Coliban Water

Department of Health & Human Services (Vic)

Federation University Australia Goulburn Valley Water Griffith University Hunter Water
Melbourne Water Naturallogic NSW Health Power and Water
SA Water Seqwater South Gippsland Water Suez
Tas Water University of Adelaide University of Queensland Water Corporation
Water Futures Water NSW    



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