Water Journal : Water Journal May 2015
water MAY 2015 10 CrossCurrent SA Water’s two new portable drinking water fountains, Quench Benches, were on offer for participants and spectators at the recent Bay to City event in Adelaide. Water and the River Murray Minister, Ian Hunter, said the mobile trailer connects to a mains water supply and provides drinking water to people at large community events. Tasmania Dairy farmers in Tasmania’s Tamar estuary and Esk rivers catchment areas are set to benefit from grants of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to help clean up the region’s waterways. The funding is part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme to implement the Tamar River Recovery Plan and will help farmers improve their farming practices to keep run-off out of the waterways. Victoria A recent review of the Victorian water pricing approach presents a significant opportunity to improve the way water prices are determined since the establishment of the ESC's water pricing function in 2004. This consultative review process will allow extensive participation by customers and water businesses, and draw on the expertise of world-leading experts and their experience of international regulatory frameworks. Queensland Work is set to start on an $800,000 project to process more biosolids from the Aubinville plant in Maryborough, ready for use as an agricultural soil conditioner. Wide Bay Water Corporation executive manager operations Denis Heron said there was a lot of work being undertaken around the world to reuse biosolids in agriculture rather than dumping them in landfill. Treated effluent from the Aubinville Waste Water Treatment Plant is already being used to irrigate crops. Western Australia Irrigated agriculture on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station in the West Kimberley is moving closer to reality with extensive work being done as part of the State Government's Royalties for Regions $40 million Water for Food program. The $4.9 million Mowanjum irrigation trial is a partnership between the State Government and Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation that will access underutilised groundwater sources to provide intensive grazing for beef cattle, allowing for year-round supply of stock for the domestic and export market. The State Government has named Port Coogee by Australand as the 13th Waterwise Development in Western Australia. Water Minister, Mia Davies, recognised the development for using best- practice water-sensitive urban design in its commitment to save water in the drying climate. “Residents of Port Coogee are using significantly less water than the average household in Perth through waterwise design, water-efficient appliances and alternative water sources,” Ms Davies said. Matching available and new water sources to agriculture, mining and industry needs in the mid-west will provide the water security required for the region's continued growth and prosperity, Water Minister, Mia Davies, has said. Launching the State Government's Mid-West Regional Water Supply Strategy in Moora, Ms Davies said identifying water availability and demand was a fundamental step in preparing the region for investment. Northern Territory The Territory Government has announced the appointment of Alan Tregilgas as the new chair of the Power and Water Corporation Board. Treasurer David Tollner said Mr Tregilgas had more than three decades of experience as a financial consultant, treasury official and economics adviser, and was the ideal candidate to steer the future of the Northern Territory's power and water services. Member News AWA has released a Discussion Paper prepared by Minter Ellsion on promoting investment in the water sector. The Paper can be downloaded from awa.asn.au/discussion_papers. AWA and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright are working together to develop a discussion paper on the regulations to do with CSG and water in NSW and Queensland. The paper will include a summary of NSW and Queensland regulatory regimes; highlight the key differences in regulation of and approach to CSG for water-related activities between the two states; and provide recommendations to harmonise the legislation to achieve best practice in both states and opportunities. For more information contact National Manager – Communications and Policy, Amanda White: email@example.com. Degrémont, Process Group, SITA Australia, and 40 other water and waste companies across the globe have united under a single brand to become SUEZ environnement. In Australia, SUEZ environnement has more than 2,600 employees in the water, waste and oil and gas sectors, and supplies seven million people with drinking water. The 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) was formed by leading corporates including Nestlé, Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, IFC and the World Economic Forum. It works to address water scarcity problems in different parts of the world. Arup is looking to identify 40 case studies of best practice examples of water saving solutions from the agricultural and industrial sectors for an update to the WRG Water Use in Scarce Environments catalogue. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Rob Bates has joined Evoqua Water Technologies as Manager – Order Execution Projects and Service. Rob comes to Evoqua from 10 years at MWH where he performed a number of key roles, including Technical Manager on the Priority Sewerage Program Alliance for Sydney Water and Engineering Manager on the SewerFix Alliance for Sydney Water. Most recently Rob was the NSW Water Group Manager for MWH. He is located at the Macquarie Park office in Sydney. 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