Students tackle water problems

Students tackle water problems

11 Nov 2010

Final year La Trobe University civil engineering students, Carl Oliver and Jarryd Pearce have tackled the issue of water security and will present their recommendations at a seminar on Friday 12 November.

clean water and leafThe investigation resulted in two main recommendations including that a series of reticulation networks across the catchment would provide up to 20,000 mega litres of inflows to supplement Coliban Water’s current 18% allocation of water in Lake Eppalock.

A second key recommendation of the project was an amendment to the Water Act, where it outlines a change to bring Section 8 (Individual Rights) of the Water Act into the current Victorian Water Entitlement Framework.

This would enable monitoring of water being used for stock and domestic purposes. This doesn’t exist under the terms of the current Act.

The report said that reticulation networks and the change to the Water Act would provide greater assurance for inflows, water security and the livelihoods of the community in the catchment.

Engineering lecturer, Dr Andrew Kilpatrick, said the final year students have tackled a range of interesting topics (see program on next page).

‘These studies have examined real issues facing the community and have provided our students with practical experience that they may well face in their careers as civil engineers. We wish them well as they are about to embark on their professional path.’

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au

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