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Curtin University
Curtin Water Quality Research Centre


water Sludge drying ponds at the Wanneroo Groundwater Treatment Plant. Groundwater currently supplies more than half of Perth’s drinking water.

The vision of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre is to be internationally recognised for excellence in research and education in water quality and treatment in support of government and industry. Areas of research within the Centre include studies of natural and anthropogenic organic matter in source and treated waters, disinfection by-product formation, water treatment, water reuse and aesthetics in drinking water.

Established in November 2004, CWQRC is a strategic alliance between Curtin University and the Water Corporation of Western Australia that focuses on long-term, fundamental research in water quality and strives to meet both industry and academic objectives. The Centre’s mission is to undertake valued fundamental and applied research and education, and to provide independent evidence based advice to government, industry and the community with a focus on Western Australian water quality and treatment issues, but with global application. Close involvement of industry personnel in the Centre’s research work ensures that its output is of significant practical value to the water industry. Based in the Department of Chemistry, CWQRC also has close links with other Curtin centres, including the WA – Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and the Environmental Inorganic Geochemistry Group.