Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
WATER MAY 2013 14 CrossCurrent Northern Territory The Northern Territory Government has announced that previously advised 30 per cent increases to power prices will be reduced to 20 per cent. This follows on from another announcement last year that water prices will drop from the original 40 per cent rise to 30 per cent. Sewerage will also drop from 25 per cent to 15 per cent. The charges will be retrospectively applied to 1 January 2013. The additional 10 per cent increase will be phased with a ve per cent increase on the 1 January 2014 and another ve per cent increase applied on 1 January 2015. Northern Territory Treasurer, David Tollner, announced in March that the Power and Water Corporate Board had been terminated, an interim Board appointed and that the long-serving Managing Director, Andrew Macrides had been replaced by John Baskerville, the Chief Executive of the NT Department of Housing. Power and Water is delivering Advanced Water Treatment processes in three remote Indigenous communities. Installation of water treatment plants have been completed in Ali Curung, Kintore and Yuelamu, improving the quality of water and making it better to drink and use for everyone in the communities. New South Wales The NSW Of ce of Water is holding a series of community workshops to encourage participation by Aboriginal communities in water management. NSW Of ce of Water Commissioner, David Harriss, said the Aboriginal Water Initiative (AWI) program is focused on developing effective regional engagement with Indigenous communities. Sydney Water has been forced to discount bills for more than 3,000 water users after the company miscalculated their water usage. Eighty per cent of these customers read their own meters and discovered they were being charged for water they were not using. Opposition water spokesman Walt Secord is calling on the State Government to review Sydney Water's process in estimating a household's water usage, and is urging people to do a check of their meters if bills appear too high. IPART has deferred its Review of prices for the Water Administration Ministerial Corporation (for the NSW Of ce of Water) from 1 July 2014 for 12 months. This follows NSW Of ce of Water's request for a 12-month extension to the current pricing determination. The NSW Irrigators' Council (NSWIC) and Ricegrowers' Association of Australia (RGA) have joined forces to undertake a landmark research project into the temporary water market in New South Wales. Council Economic Policy Analyst, Stefanie Schulte, says the research will examine the factors that drive temporary water market prices. It will also assess the extent to which government action causes price uctuations. The NSW Of ce of Water has released a report on groundwater trading and management of local impacts in the Lower Murrumbidgee Deep Groundwater Water Source. Published by the NSW Of ce of Water, Groundwater Trading and Management of Local Impacts documents the methods used for establishing local management areas and highlights its importance within NSW's most heavily pumped alluvial groundwater source with an active groundwater trading market. South Australia New research to expand the use of water recycling for irrigating South Australia's vineyards has been initiated by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence. Led by the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and co-funded by the Goyder Institute for Water Research, the project is collaborating with the local viticulture industry and the University of Adelaide to demonstrate the economic and environmental value of water recycling to Australia's agri-food industry. Adelaide's water security has been guaranteed with the of cial opening of the State's largest water infrastructure project, the Adelaide Desalination Plant. The plant, which has been producing desalinated drinking water since October 2011, was handed over for operation in December 2012 to begin its 24-month proving period, on time and within the approved budget of $1.824 billion. SA businesses are eligible for State Government grants of up to $100,000 to develop technology to recover and reuse phosphorus from wastewater, in the rst stage of a new pilot program. The wastewater project is the rst in the State Government's Small Business Innovation Research pilot program, which offers local companies grants to develop and test new products and services aimed at solving industry-speci c challenges facing government. Queensland A proposed billion-dollar coal seam gas pipeline has been given the go-ahead by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP). Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said the department had completed its assessment of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Arrow Energy Bowen Pipeline Project. The Queensland Government has released a draft plan that it says will establish a 'robust water allocation and management framework' for the Wet Tropics region. Queensland State Minister for Natural Resources, Andrew Cripps, said the plan would deliver a balanced approach to delivering on agricultural, environmental, Indigenous and community water needs. Queensland's second annual water and sewerage benchmarking report has been completed using 2011/12 data and is available from the qldwater website. In total, 28 Service Providers participated in the public release of their data in the 2011/12 report, which is a signi cant increase on that of last year.
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