Oxfam Trailwalker Update

Urban Water Solutions Managing Director Neil Moody completed the Oxfam Trailwalker event last weekend in 24hrs and 2 mins.  Neil commented that he was “Foot sore and blistered but otherwise feels great and pulled through the 100 Km in remarkably good condition. Very proud to have been part of a team that raised $27,800 for Oxfam. Thanks to all for the words of encouragement and the donations made to the cause.”  Read more “Oxfam Trailwalker Update”

New Employee – Max Ford

Urban Water Solutions are pleased to welcome our former Technical Officer, Max Ford, in his new role as Graduate Engineer.  Max completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2018.

Welcome back Max.

Oxfam Trailwalk preparation going well & WaterAid Walk for Water

As some of you may know, Urban Water Solutions’ Managing Director Neil Moody is preparing to complete the Oxfam Trailwalker Challenge on the 29th and 30th March 2019.  Teams of four walk 100km to tackle poverty.  Neil has been undertaking regular training walks and is feeling good about the walk.

For those that wish to sponsor Neil donations can be made at https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/payment/34425/128570

Below is a picture of MaD2019 on a training walk.

The rest of Urban Water Solutions are not sitting idle either.

Team Urban Water Solutions is undertaking WaterAid’s Walk For Water.  Each team member will walk 10,000 steps a day between 18 and 22 March, to raise money to help provide lifesaving safe water to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Donations gratefully received at  https://fundraise.wateraid.org.au/fundraisers/Urban-Water-Solutions

2018 User Group Presentations

Urban Water Solutions were delighted to share recent project experiences at the Innovyze User Days in November 2018.

Irene Estrada-Subirats and Ann Pugh presented on modelling work undertaken to determine what impact a customer’s internal plumbing will have on their experience of supply pressure.

Using assumptions about different pipe roughnesses and demands it was possible to generate a series of plots showing the potential impacts of a customer’s pipework.  The ‘pressure related demand’ function within InfoWorks WS Pro was used to determine the impact that competing demands would have on each other.  Examples included the impact of garden watering on showering, and two showers in a double storey house competing for water.


Graduate Engineer, Aidan Sloggett, showed how an InfoWorks ICM model was used to determine the sizing of a dry weather pump at Rotary Park Sewage Pumping Station (SPS) which is estimated to save over 80% of the annual energy costs at this site.

He also demonstrated how Failure Based Assessments can be used to provide operations with information regarding time and location of spill in the event of pump station failure.  The presentation also showed how operational controls such as ‘interlocks’ can be developed to optimise the use of SPS storage in minimising spill volumes in the event of pump failure or during wet weather events.

Neil Moody presents at Pacific Water and Waste Association Conference

In early August Urban Water Solutions attended the Pacific Water and Waste Association (PWWA) Conference in New Caledonia.

The conference’s focus this year was on sharing information and experience that will inspire local communities to implement innovative and forward-looking solutions.

Vicki and Neil at the Trade Exhibition

Neil Moody presented a well-received paper highlighting the success of a recent project undertaken by UWS in Apia, Samoa, followed by a discussion of the benefits Pressure Sewer Systems (PSS) can bring to coastal communities – particularly around improved public and environmental health, minimised up front capital expense, improved system operations (particularly at the treatment plant and associated pumps) and increased resilience to impacts of climate change.

For more details on this Apia PSS project use the following link (Apia project)

A Noumean sunset