Local study looks for a smarter approach to Gold Coast water

GRIFFITH University’s Smart Water Research Centre is currently involved in a study to find out how Gold Coasters want to use and pay for their water.

Funded by the City of Gold Coast, the Riverstone Crossing Water Conservation Research Project is a joint effort between Gold Coast Water, Stocklands and Griffith’s Smart Water Research Centre.

According to Director of Gold Coast Water, Mr Paul Heaton, the study will investigate ratepayers’ preferences when it comes to paying for water usage.


“This will be a critical step in consulting the community on how they value water and providing residents with a say in what their water bill will look like in the future,” Mr Heaton said.

Dr Cara Beal, project manager and researcher at the Smart Water Research Centre said the study would also reveal the value residents place on water.

“Some may wish to pay extra for water if it means they can keep their lawns watered during the dry seasons, whereas others may prefer to keep their water costs down regardless of how their garden is looking,” Dr Beal said.

The research will also track how different families use water at different times of the day and could lead to recommendations for saving water and money.