Water Journal : Water Journal September 2014
WATER SEPTEMBER 2014 Australia’s development is at a crossroads, and whichever way we turn the sustainable management of water will determine the path ahead. Recommendations on the development of Northern Australia have been released this month, the push to double our agricultural productivity to increase exports to Asia is being widely canvassed, and we are establishing the largest energy and mining projects in the country’s history. In the urban context Australia’s population is predicted to grow to 35 million over the next 20 years. So where is the country’s vision and strategic plan for water to enable these targets? The level of strategic thinking and debate about the options for managing Australia’s water needs to become a national priority. As Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb said at the AWA Water Leaders Dinner in Canberra earlier this month, water is one of our major assets and we need to prioritise it in our national planning. Between 2001 and 2011 Australia experienced the harshest drought in recorded history. Major cities faced serious water shortages and stringent demand management measures were employed to restrict usage, impinging on the economic viability of many users. Between 2011 and 2013, this pattern flipped resulting in the wettest period in history. Significant floods were experienced in many urban areas on the east coast, most notably in Brisbane in 2012. These floods forced the evacuation of thousands of people from towns and cities. Damage has been initially estimated at $2.38 billion, with a predicted reduction in Australia’s GDP about A$30 billion. In contrast, Perth remains largely in drought and inflows into its dams have remained at record lows. Without desalination, Perth would have run dry. Extreme variability, over time and space, is now the norm for our water sector and the industries and communities they serve; operating parameters have changed and new water management skills have been required. The need to diversify our urban water supplies has brought about fundamental changes to the institutional and regulatory environment for urban water – but further reform is required to meet the long-term requirements of our customers. Water prices are rising, urban centres are growing – and consequently water-planning assumptions are continually changing – and new risks are emerging from an increasingly interconnected urban water cycle. The water sector is now adopting new strategies to enhance climate change resilience, improve water use efficiencies, protect urban waterways and ensure greater customer focus. Much progress has been made and the National Water Initiative has driven fundamental reform to our urban and rural water management practices. This progress needs to continue for Australia to reap the full economic benefits from this period of reform. Climate variability directly affects our agri- business and mining industries and indirectly affects many others. We need to work with all these sectors to ensure Australia has a sound national water strategy capable of delivering future growth and prosperity for all. AWA is hosting a National Water Summit in Sydney on Wednesday 15 October to debate the requirements of a national water strategy and to hear from some of our water users in other sectors. From this Summit AWA, in association with consulting company Accenture, will prepare a Discussion Paper on a new national strategy with a strong industry perspective. I urge you to participate in the process and join us at the Summit in October. CALL FOR A NEW NATIONAL WATER STRATEGY Jonathan McKeown – AWA Chief Executive 4 From the CEO Forget what you know about ordinary drives Altivar Process is the first ever variable speed drive with embedded intelligent services. This enables it to join the Internet of Things to help you optimise process performance and total cost of ownership (TCO). Maximise energy efficiency and asset management Enriched data on asset performance is served in real-time, allowing automation systems to instantly detect efficiency drift, and react immediately before it impacts your bottom line. Embedded protections can be easily activated to protect pump systems. Inlet/outlet pressure, flow, temperature, or any aspect that could affect productivity can be controlled. Altivar Process provides condition-based monitoring to ensure pump service lifetime. ©2014 Schneider Electric. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are owned by Schneider Electric Industries SAS or its affiliated companies. • www.schneider-electric.com.au • 998-1238669_AU SEAU119200 What do the ”Internet of Things” and Altivar Process drives have in common? They both help you achieve optimal business and process performance. “Three steps for reducing TCO in pumping systems” Download our FREE White Paper and see how. Visit www.SEreply.com and enter key code 53985K Altivar Process is a complete range of variable speed drives for a wide range of applications.
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