Water Journal : Water Journal November 2014
38 Feature Article The collaboration demonstrates that, even when economies are not possible through increasing density or networking distant communities, regional models can provide some bene ts of scale and improvements for customers. This has been a common nding of QWRAP across all four study regions. Although the regions vary markedly in population size and density, and have widely separated communities, collaboration has yielded bene ts in each. The ORWA is the rst region to complete their QWRAP investigation and others will complete their reviews early in 2015. The strong history of public-private partnerships in the RAPAD region must also be acknowledged as a key driver of innovation and regional collaboration. Councils too small for full-time engineering staff have developed long-term relationships with consulting engineering companies who sometimes provide semi-permanent staff sited within a council's of ces. Much of the development and innovation in water and sewerage operations in the region has been driven by this model in the past. As can be expected from an area so vast and with so many differing sources and treatment processes, there is no 'one-size- ts- all' strategy for safe, secure and sustainable urban water services in the region. But through innovative processes and the will to make things work for their communities, the councils now working jointly through the Outback Regional Water Alliance are proving that great things do happen -- even in small and remote places. WJ THE AUTHOR Desiré Gralton (email: dgralton@qldwater. com.au) is Communications Manager at qldwater in Brisbane. Desiré recently co- authored Water Connections: Celebrating the Queensland Water Directorate's First Decade, a commemorative publication that provides an overview of the events that have shaped the Queensland urban water industry over the past 10 years. Infrastructure planning is a long-term commitment, and the new water treatment plant at Longreach will serve the community for years to come. Operating since 1988 www.cromarty.com.au BRISBANE MELBOURNE LAUNCESTON DEVONPORT HOBART 1300 365 136 SCADA, Telemetry, IPWan, DNP3..... We have the people with the experience you need to make it work on time and on budget. For over 26 years Cromarty has leveraged its intelligence to provide solutions in the areas of automation and control, including instrumentation, electrical engineering and industrial information management. We have a staff of around 80, with offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Launceston, Hobart and Devonport. Our SCADA and Telemetry solutions range from providing a simple single measurement to highly complex integrated automation, data visualization and reporting systems. At Cromarty we maintain and grow our relationships with our customers through best practice, technical expertise, ethical values and flexible solutions. We always offer a fair price for a great result, and we want to be your go-to SCADA and Telemetry company.
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