Water Journal : Water Journal August 2015
14 Industry News water AUGUST 2015 Climate-resilient water sourCes data now available The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a Climate Resilient Water Sources web portal, an interactive site providing comprehensive mapping and information of desalinated and recycled water sources for over 350 sites across Australia, both publicly and privately owned and operated. Users can access the portal (www.bom.gov.au/water/ crews) to search information on capacity, production, location and use of these alternative water sources in your area. This information will inform the Australian community, government and the water industry of the contribution that these sources make to secure water supplies for current and future residential, industrial, mining, commercial and agricultural needs. Diversifying Australian water supply is important to our long-term water security. Climate Resilient Water Sources is jointly developed by the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination and CSIRO. Climate-resilient water sources will play an important role in increasing water security, lessening climate variability impacts on water availability. Either as part of large centralised supply systems or small decentralised schemes, they are increasingly relied on to supply or secure Australia’s water demands. “The portal improves our understanding of how climate-resilient water sources can play a greater role in regional water security and supply,” said Dr Mark O’Donohue, CEO of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. “Before this project we didn’t have a clear picture of how much recycled and desalinated water could be produced in each state and territory. What is particularly interesting is there are hundreds of small and large recycled water and desalination systems around Australia providing water for farming, irrigation, heavy industry, waterway health and drinking,” he said. Plant owners and operators can add and update their data directly to the portal’s database, which is then linked to the website. The Bureau will also update data from the National Water Performance Report. The Bureau’s Improving Water Information program is building a comprehensive and reliable picture of Australia’s water resources to support policy and planning. Goyder institute to Continue its researCH worK in soutH australia South Australia’s Goyder Institute for Water Research has welcomed a decision by the South Australian Government to extend its funding for a further four years. Goyder Institute Director, Dr Michele Akeroyd, said the Government’s decision would enable the institute to continue its valuable work and help the state maintain its position as a world leader in water research. “The Goyder Institute has proven its value as an independent expert science advisor to Government on water related issues,” she said. “We have delivered significant research achievements across industry, environment, urban water and climate change. “Water shapes the quality of life and the economic interests of our state. The institute is providing quality, evidence-based science on the water management issues important for South Australia.” Established in 2010, the Goyder Institute helps deliver expert scientific advice to Government in a format that helps shape policy and decision-making. The organisation is a partnership between the South Australian Government through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and the CSIRO, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said the funding recognises the institute’s vital work in helping South Australia secure and manage its water resources. “South Australia’s reputation as a leader in water resource management comes in large part from the work of the Goyder Institute,” Mr Koutsantonis said. “Science provided by the Institute was central to South Australia’s success in our fight against the Commonwealth and upstream states to save the River Murray.” Water and the River Murray and Climate Change Minister, Ian Hunter, said the institute’s ongoing funding meant it will play a key role in the state’s increased efforts to both prepare for, and capitalise on, the effects of climate change. “To address climate change, we will need to base our policies on the best available science, and the Goyder Institute’s flexibility means it can greatly assist in this area,” he said. “With drier than average conditions on the way, as well as current low water storage levels, the institute’s research into irrigation efficiencies, water quality and environmental watering requirements will be important in making sure we get the best value from our agricultural, tourism and environmental strengths. “We also want to involve the Goyder Institute in our ambitious goal of making the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon-neutral city.” revised drinKinG water Guidelines for tassie The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has revised and published the Tasmanian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines (Guidelines). These legally enforceable Guidelines are closely aligned with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Issued under the Public Health Act 1997 they are aimed at protecting public health through the management of drinking water. A major change from the previous version is the requirement for the water corporation, TasWater, to have their Drinking Water Quality Management Plans externally audited by auditors approved by the Director of Public Health. Suitably qualified water quality auditors are encouraged to contact the Department’s State Water Officer (Cameron.firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain further information about the auditing requirements, prerequisites, application and approval process. The Guidelines can be downloaded at www.dhhs. tas.gov.au/publichealth/water/drinking/guidelines.
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