Water Journal : Water Journal December 2014
20 awa News water DECEMBER 2014 BraNch NeWs NeW south Wales Gala Dinner & Branch Awards In 2015 we are combining the NSW Heads of Water Gala Dinner & the NSW Branch Awards Night to bring together industry leaders and water professionals for an evening of networking and to celebrate the achievements of our peers and colleagues. The event is scheduled to take place in Sydney on Friday 20 March. Please visit the AWA website for more information. WesterN australia YWP ‘My Water Career’ event On Wednesday 22 October, the AWA Young Water Professionals (YWPs) hosted the final of the ‘My Water Career’ speakers series for 2014. The event tied in nicely with this year’s National Water Week and focused on careers in mining and project management. Michael Rowe, Water Strategy Specialist at Rio Tinto, and Ian Aldridge, Asset Delivery Manager at Water Corporation, generously donated their time to share their experiences in the water industry with attendees. Michael and Ian provided us with a history of their career paths as well as the challenges they have faced, and gave us some insights into how they made the career decisions that led them to their positions today. Michael gave us an overview of his time working in various roles in government and consulting after graduation, before landing a role with SKM in Canberra to work on land and water management policy on the eastern seaboard. Company downsizing saw Michael return to Perth and obtain a position with Rio Tinto, developing strategies to manage water at existing and future mines and providing strategic advice to the business on water management challenges and opportunities. Michael credited his recent job fulfilment to his assessment of what drives him at work, which allowed him to determine what kind of positions would be most suitable and lead to job satisfaction – a strategy that interested a number of attendees. Ian provided a comprehensive summary of the numerous projects he has been involved in around the world, in his 22-year career as a project manager. Ian’s experience includes overseeing the design and construction of projects in wastewater, potable water and heavy industrial water treatment in the UK, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Ian emphasised the need to work effectively in teams and trust individual team members to come up with the best solutions. Ian made it clear that he is very happy to have made Perth and the Water Corporation his home base over the last six years. The Water Corporation generously hosted the event and a delicious spread and drinks were provided for attendees after the presentations had concluded, allowing time to ask more detailed questions of the speakers and providing the chance for a bit of networking amongst the YWPs. YWP Tour of Mundaring Water Treatment Plant The Mundaring Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is a Public Private Partnership (the first of its kind) between Acciona and Trility Joint Venture (ATJV) and the Water Corporation. On Saturday 20 September a group of 16 people attended a tour of the Mundaring WTP organised by the YWP committee and kindly guided by Steve and Jesus from ATJV. The tour started at Pump Station C where the raw water is pumped up to the treatment plant. Next stop was the treatment plant itself, which is partially hidden from view from Mundaring Weir Road. The current WTP has a capacity of 165 MLD (expandable to 240 MLD) – quite impressive for such a small footprint. The site is set over three levels, which posed challenges for the site preparation. The plant can treat water from three sources and, as was explained by our guides, this meant that the plant needed to be designed to bypass parts of the treatment process if the source was from the integrated supply as opposed to from Mundaring Weir. The WTP uses Dissolved Air Flotation Filtration (DAFF) as a first step, providing solid and liquid separation followed by removal of organics using Biologically Activated Carbon (BAC). The water is then disinfected and fluoridated before being pumped to the Sawyer’s Valley Tank where it will be distributed to more than 100,000 people in the 530km pipeline to Kalgoorlie. The new WTP was needed to replace assets that were almost 100 years old to ensure that the Goldfields and Agriculture Supply Scheme (GAWS) can continue to meet increasing demand. Another exciting feature is that the pump station treatment plant is set up to be self-sufficient in the event of a bushfire and even has its own fire sprinkler system to protect key infrastructure on-site so that water production isn’t compromised – and this ‘irrigation’ can continue for days if required. After finishing the tour we had a quick look at the onsite control system, followed by some lunch provided by ATJV. The YWP would like to thank Steve & Jesus who graciously gave up their Saturday morning to be our tour guides and answer our many questions. Keep an eye out for future site tours organised by the YWP in the New Year. south australia SA welcomes new Branch Manager After six years as Branch Manager, Alison Bowman has moved on to a role at the Goyder Institute for Water Research. SA Branch Members wish her all the best, and thank her for her hard work and support provided to our Committee. We have now welcomed Amanda Goodfellow to her role as the new South Australia/Northern Territory State Manager. Amanda has worked across a range of sectors including PR/Communications, Not for Profit, and both State and Local Government. Her most recent role was as Business Manager with JP Media, an Adelaide-based PR firm. Her experience in working within a membership organisation was gained as Program Manager at SA Great, where she delivered a range of programs and events and managed a large team of volunteers. Please join us as we welcome Amanda to AWA, and introduce yourself to her at your next AWA Event. The YWP My Water Career event was a good opportunity to network.
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