Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
19 Industry News september 2015 water “The City has just completed a $10.5 million water re-use and wetlands upgrade project that is a real boost to the park’s ecology, including many native fauna and flora. “Since 2004, we have invested over $23 million in transforming a derelict former brick-making site and rubbish tip into a much- loved, attractive regional park, offering active and passive recreation for all ages.” The proposed names for each of the upgraded wetlands are Aboriginal language words for fauna that are native to the Sydney region and are now disappearing from the urban environment. The recommended names are: • Wirrambi, meaning ’bat’, relating to the newly-created habitat for microbats at the park; • Guwali, meaning ’shag’ or ’cormorant’, to recognise the waterbirds that were part of the local pre-industrial landscape; • Bunmarra, meaning ’lizard’, referring to the growing blue-tongue lizard population in the park; and • Gilbanung, meaning ’grasshopper’, an insect that is prevalent in the park. The City worked closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to identify appropriate names for the wetlands. SYDNEY WATER LAUNCHES ONLINE MAP FOR LEAKS AND BREAKS Sydney Water has launched an online Water Map to make it easier for customers to find details about planned and unplanned water outages happening in their area. In testing since April 2015, the online map has now been officially launched with a version that has been optimised for mobiles. Kevin Young, Managing Director at Sydney Water, said: “Keeping customers informed about leaks and breaks in a timely manner is critical to minimising inconvenience. So we are updating our Water Map every 10 minutes to reflect status changes from our field crews, to better inform our customers.” Sydney Water supplies over 1.4 billion litres of drinking water to homes and businesses each day. In doing so its network experiences about 50 planned outages and 600 unplanned outages per month. Unplanned outages – otherwise known as leaks and breaks – are an unavoidable reality for water utilities around the world. They are a result of various factors, including ground movement, wear and tear, and changes in water pressure, rainfall and temperature. Julie Hegarty, Councillor at Pittwater Council said: “The Water Map is a fantastic tool for Sydneysiders to find out, in near real-time, what is happening with their local water supply. The mobile version is especially useful for those who are on the go.” Sydney Water Customers can go to www.sydneywater.com.au/ watermap to access the map. Wetlands in sydney park will be given Aboriginal names to commemorate the area’s history.
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