Secure and safe water supplies in remote Australian and rural Sri Lankan regions : common issues and emerging responses

Rajapakse, Jay, Liyanage, Ruwan, Tindale, Neil, & Waterman, Peter (2013) Secure and safe water supplies in remote Australian and rural Sri Lankan regions : common issues and emerging responses. In Charters, Kate (Ed.) Proceedings of SEGRA 2013, SEGRA, Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour, NSW, pp. 1-22.

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Most urban dwelling Australians take secure and safe water supplies for granted. That is, they have an adequate quantity of water at a quality that can be used by people without harm from human and animal wastes, salinity and hardness or pollutants from agriculture and manufacturing industries. Australia wide urban and peri-urban dwellers use safe water for all domestic as well as industrial purposes. However, this is not the situation remote regions in Australia where availability and poor quality water can be a development constraint. Nor is it the case in Sri Lanka where people in rural regions are struggling to obtain a secure supply of water, irrespective of it being safe because of the impact of faecal and other contaminants.

The purposes of this paper are to overview: the population and environmental health challenges arising from the lack of safe water in rural and remote communities; response pathways to address water quality issues; and the status of and need for integrated catchment management (ICM) in selected remote regions of Australia and vulnerable and lagging rural regions in Sri Lanka. Conclusions are drawn that focus on the opportunity for inter-regional collaborations between Australia and Sri Lanka for the delivery of safe water through ICM.

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ID Code: 71001
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Secure and Resilient Infrastructure, Sustainability, Appropriate Technologies, Integrated Catchment Management, Collaborations
ISBN: 098028337X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 05 May 2014 23:33
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 00:12

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