Water Journal : Water Journal April 2013
12 CrossCurrent New South Wales Gosford City Council is set to celebrate the completion of a $680,000 groundwater treatment plant project at Bluetongue Stadium. A ceremony will be held to mark the end of the project that will reduce demand on the town water supply by providing an average of 35 million litres of water a year. NICTA, an information and communications technology (ICT) R&D organisation, has joined forces with Sydney Water to improve assessment of water pipes using technology that forecasts potential breakages in the system. Australia's critical water mains break on average 7,000 times each year, due to age, material, soil type and other factors. Under the agreement NICTA's machine learning capabilities will be used to more accurately identify which pipes are at risk of failure, potentially saving Australia's water utilities and the community $700 million a year in reactive repairs and maintenance. The NSW Of ce of Water is conducting the 2013 NSW Irrigators' Survey, the fourth undertaken since 2006 to monitor socio-economic changes in the NSW irrigation industry. The 20-minute telephone survey includes questions about your irrigation business, water use, employment and other social and economic indicators. The survey will be conducted during April and May 2013. Anonymity and con dentially are guaranteed. To participate, visit the NSW Of ce of Water website. Western Australia A $10 million investment from the Gillard Government will improve the quality and security of water supplies in Ardyaloon and other remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia. Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin and Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the funding will upgrade and replace critical water infrastructure. Queensland The Queensland Government has scrapped the requirement for new properties to include rainwater tanks and energy-ef cient hot water systems. Minister for Housing and Public Works Tim Mander said the changes would reduce the cost of a new home by more than $5,000. Unitywater is investing $18 million to upgrade and increase the capacity of the Maleny STP, providing signi cant service and environmental bene ts to the area. CEO George Theo said: "An upgraded Maleny Sewage Treatment Plant will provide residents with the environmental and health bene ts of a modern sewerage network." Member News The search for a new AWA Chief Executive is on. Executive search consultants Amrop Cordiner King have been retained to assist with the process and the position has also been advertised in the Australian Financial Review. Enquiries can be directed to Richard Besley and Caroline Dever at Amrop Cordiner King at: email@example.com Mary Rowland from Aqius Education has been contracted to undertake the role of Water Education Curriculum Of cer for the AWA Australian Curriculum Project -- Water Education in Schools. Mary will work with AWA over the next six months auditing existing water education resources, identifying gaps in resources and linking resources to the Australian Curriculum. Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has announced the appointment of Louise Dudley, CEO Queensland Urban Utilities, Jim Grayson, CEO Gladstone Area Water Board, Ross Young, CEO Sydney Catchment Authority, Anne Barker, MD City West Water and Mark Sullivan AO, MD ACTEW Water and one re-elected Board member Kevin Young, MD of Sydney Water, to the WSAA Board. Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions.
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