Water Journal : Current May 2016
www.awa.asn.au 87 energy prices in Australia," he said. "By contrast, when compared with its interstate peers, SA Water s prices for water are in the mid-range and are second lowest for sewerage services." Hunter said there was good reason that most water utilities globally were publicly owned. "The notable exception is in England and Wales where privatisation occurred in the 1990s. It is also notable that prices charged by Scottish Water in 2014-15, a public water body servicing 2.4 million customers in Scotland, were second lowest when compared with the ten private water suppliers in the UK." However, many state governments are open to increasing the involvement of the private sector in their water supply and sewerage systems. Western Australia Water Minister Mia Davies said while it was not considering privatising Water Corporation, it supported working with the private sector to utilise their expertise and innovation in certain fields. 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The proposed initiative would expand the Bolivar plant to allow it to produce an additional 20GL of recycled water a year, which is predicted to increase the value of agricultural production by at least $115 million per annum, and create in the order of 450 new jobs. Tasmanian irrigation In 2011--2012, Tasmanian agriculture brought in $1.17 billion, but research has suggested additional irrigation water could generate another $5 billion a year. In 2014, the Tasmanian Government allocated $30 million to develop new irrigation schemes, followed by the Federal Government kicking in another $60 million for five new schemes. 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Tasmanian sewerage With a recent audit finding many of the wastewater treatment plants servicing Hobart, Launceston and Devonport performing poorly, the Tasmanian Government has proposed closing some of the plants and upgrading the remainder. As well as ensuring the plants meet public health and environmental standards, the upgrades should also ensure adequate treatment capacity for future growth. Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley flood management Increasingly flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley represents a long-term infrastructure resilience challenge. The NSW Government is developing a business case for a strategy that would include building flood mitigation infrastructure (including raising Warragamba Dam), upgrading roads to improve flood evacuation capacity and better land-use planning.
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