Water engineering

What is water engineering?

Water engineering is about how water interacts with all aspects of the built and natural environments.

Water engineering looks at the way that natural systems such as rivers, estuaries and the coasts behave, as well as designing infrastructure to store and direct water.

Water engineering is concerned with:

  • water needs in different parts of Australia – this includes drinking water, water for industry and agriculture and, importantly, water for the natural environment.
  • flooding – one of the most costly natural disasters for Australia and around the world.
  • groundwater – water that lies in underground aquifers and deep in the soil.
  • coastal water behaviour – what happens when rivers meet the sea, and when the sea meets the land.
  • water quality requirements.

Find out what water engineers do.