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University of Western Australia (2013)

Managing water in rural towns : a water balance approach

Eow Boon

Titre : Managing water in rural towns : a water balance approach

Auteur : Eow Boon

Université de soutenance : University of Western Australia

Grade : Master 2013

The clearing of native vegetation for agriculture in the Wheatbelt region of southwestern Australia has significantly impacted on runoff and recharge and contributed to the creation of serious environmental problems such as salinity, soil degradation and water logging as a result of rising water tables. Salinity and waterlogging are causing substantial damage to rural town infrastructure as many townsites are located in lower valleys where the problems are most pronounced. With the view to addressing these environmental problems and developing new locally-based water resources for such water-limited environments, a holistic approach has been adopted to manage water in the rural townsites. This water balance management approach includes the conjunctive use of surface water, groundwater and urban sourced water. In line with this holistic approach, the objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of the hydrological and water management processes in a rural townsite by capturing and evaluating hydrological processes and water management options from a total water balance perspective using a conceptual water balance model developed as part of this research.


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