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Water in a Thirsty World (WITW)


Monday, 7 January 2019Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Rima Itani
Provided byopen2study

In this course you will take the journey of water – how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization.

You will see that the natural environment is reaching a threshold, and the impact that has for us and the water supplies that we rely on. We will answer the questions -what are organisations and policy makers doing to secure our water future? How is society working together towards climate resilience?

Presenter: Rima Itani

Rima is a Planning Engineer for a major Western Australian water authority. She currently specialises in the area of Wastewater and Environmental Management. Rima has also worked on climate change water projects that have influenced government policies and adapted Western Australia’s approach to managing surface water in a drying climate.

Delivery and support for this course

This free, online course is provided by Open2Study ( and its nominated course provider.

Support services for all Open2Study courses are provided exclusively via the O2S student forums. To avoid undue delays in response, all student enquiries should be directed to Open2study via this method only. State Library Victoria provides access to this course as a service to our online visitors and has no direct involvement in the delivery, management or support for this course.

What's involved?

Module 1: Should We Go with the Flow on This One? (6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment) 
Module 2: Clever Forever: Water Planning and Sustainable Thinking (6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment)
Module 3: Multiply the Supply: Developing New Water Sources (6 videos, 5 quizzes, 1 assessment) 
Module 4: Manage Water like a Boss: Global Applications (7 videos, 6 quizzes, 1 assessment)

What will I learn?

• You will learn about climate change and urbanisation and its impact on the water cycle
• What climate change means for people and the environment in terms of water, and what the world is doing about it
• What Renewable Energy means for the Water Cycle as a solution to Climate Change
• How water and wastewater is piped and treated; and how to manage treated wastewater
• How to be climate resilient by using seawater and wastewater as new water sources
• What can be done to save drying dams
• You will learn the following using the successes and failures of case studies from North America, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East:

  • How to plan for water and wastewater infrastructure
  • What’s involved in sustainable thinking and decision making
  • The World Water Agenda, and how countries are meeting or falling short on their targets
  • Why Stakeholder and Community Engagement is so vital to water goals
  • The importance of sustainable Catchment Management, and what can happen if we cannot diversify the water supply

This course requires approximately 2–4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes.

If you pass this course, you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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