Water Journal : Water Journal June 2015
17 Industry News June 2015 water SEQWATER A FINALIST FOR HEALTHY WATERWAYS AWARDS Seqwater is a finalist in two categories of the Healthy Waterways Awards, an annual event that recognises those who actively help to protect and improve South-East Queensland’s waterways. Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said it was an honour to be a finalist alongside other individuals, groups and organisations who were making a positive difference to the region’s waterways through various projects and initiatives. “Seqwater has been nominated for a Water Services Award for our upgrade to the Image Flat Water Treatment Plant,” Mr Dennis said. “The upgrade of the plant’s sludge handling system and chemical dosing system has led to significant improvements to the quality of the water leaving the plant site and entering the region’s waterways. “Seqwater is also a finalist for the Rural and Agriculture Award for the Farm Flow Project, which was undertaken in partnership with Maroochy Landcare. This project supported 17 rural landholders to protect and improve water quality in the South Maroochy Catchment through improved land management.” Mr Dennis said the Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group was also a finalist for the Rural and Agriculture Award. This year Seqwater is sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Waterways Champion Award and the Research Award. Mr Dennis congratulated all category finalists for their contributions to South-East Queensland’s waterways. TASWATER FOCUSED ON REALISTIC AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS, SAYS CEO TasWater has issued a media release in response to claims that it needs to lift its game. CEO Michael Brewster says: “The organisation is already working hard to achieve its targets of upgrading essential water and sewerage services across Tasmania. To suggest the process can be sped up by immediately borrowing more money is simplistic and financially irresponsible with that debt imposing more financial imposts on every Tasmanian as a user of water and sewerage services. “TasWater is all too aware of the challenges it faces, a challenge that has been more than 30 years in the making. It is only two years since TasWater was formed from the four businesses established as part of our water and sewerage reform process, and TasWater can point to a range of improvements and efficiencies already in place. The challenge going forward is to bring many of our ageing and failing assets up to scratch and fix the drinking water issues in small towns. “As well as upgrading our assets to meet modern compliance standards TasWater needs to provide increased capacity for new developments, address major regional infrastructure challenges such as Launceston’s combined system and its sewerage system, potentially remove Macquarie Point sewerage treatment plant and rationalise Hobart’s sewerage system. This is without considering the cost to introduce services to places like the Southern Beaches. “All this is clearly outside Taswater's financial capacity, and would be well in excess of the $1 billion estimated by the Government in 2009. To imply TasWater has the capacity to self-fund these projects through increased gearing is not realistic. The reality is external funds will be needed. “Additionally, to suggest borrowings should be permitted to blow out to a gearing of 60 per cent would make TasWater one of Australia’s most indebted water authorities and potentially see us hamstrung by the cost of interest, ultimately having to be paid for by customers. “It is inevitable, as we invest in critical upgrades, our gearing will increase with the need to borrow more funds. The challenge is to do this responsibly by implementing a plan for the long term, which does not create an unnecessary burden for future generations of Tasmanians. “I had hoped the State Government would have stood firm on supporting TasWater and its owners to get on with the job of fixing these assets and services for Tasmania rather than using us as a political football. “TasWater’s work involves a delicate balancing act – we need to invest in our assets but without exposing the community to significant price rises into the future. This is a long-run challenge which will continue long after any single political cycle.” Mr Brewster concludes: “TasWater has a vision for the future and I urge the State Government and the community to join TasWater and our owner councils on a sustainable and financially responsible road to achieving this vision.” DELIVERING PUMPING SOLUTIONS Call us today to discuss your applications requirements. www.brownbros.com.au Ph: 1300 4 BBENG HYDROVAR®, the modern variable speed pump drive is taking pumping to a new level of flexibility and efficiency.
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