Water Journal : Water Journal May 2013
WATER MAY 2013 22 Industry News The IS scheme, administered by ISCA, places Australia at the forefront of the world's sustainable infrastructure development. ISCA CEO, Antony Sprigg said, "The IS scheme will provide ongoing bene ts to Australian infrastructure owners and users. ISCA's IS scheme is focused on changing industry behaviour and making sustainability a priority in the planning, delivery and operation of infrastructure." "Designing and delivering more sustainable infrastructure provides bene ts to owners, users and society over the long life of infrastructure, including lower environmental impact, enhanced social outcomes, better asset performance, and commercial advantages." Preparing Australia's Water Infrastructure to Withstand Extreme Climatic Events Water is involved in every extreme climatic event. But with $120 billion dollars of assets to manage, how can a water utility prioritise and prepare for risks to that infrastructure, 70 per cent of which is underground? With funding from the Federal Government Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways program, the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has recognised this and has just released a new tool called AdaptWater TM. Built upon extensive work from Sydney Water, this tool enables water utilities to identify what infrastructure is likely to be at risk during events like oods, bush res, high winds and heatwaves and assess different costed adaptation options to manage that risk. WSAA Executive Director, Adam Lovell states: "We have seen a marked increase in the occurrence of extreme events, and are now able to identify where investment is needed before facing a crisis. Our members operate around 260,000 km of pipeline and hundreds of water and sewage treatment facilities. Ensuring these assets perform reliably under climate change will be an important outcome of the AdaptWater tool." AdaptWater is a climate change adaptation quanti cation and option assessment tool for the Australian water industry owned and maintained by WSAA. As a part of the pilot project the tool was tested by six WSAA members throughout Australia. The largest study examined Sydney Water's water and sewerage assets in the Illawarra region of NSW. Says Adam Lovell: "The tool was developed by ClimateRisk, so we have utilised world leading climate change adaptation expertise and the most up to date climate change data, which means that water utilities can assess short to long term risk to infrastructure." The project received funding from the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), and from WSAA members, and will deliver ef cient spending outcomes for government, regulators and customers. "Risk associated with climate change can be considered alongside other quanti ed risks within the decision making process, including system risks, engineering risks and operational risks, this allows utilities to facilitate more informed decisions within projects. Being able to tackle the highest priorities and manage capital expenditure will also help reduce upward pressure on customer's bills." Tenix Appoints New Executive Manager George Frougas formally of SMEC, has been appointed Executive Manager Business Development Water for Tenix Australia. George brings 26 years of water and wastewater design, construction, commissioning and operations experience to Tenix. George can be contacted on email@example.com. Clari cation of Developer Charges for Myer Redevelopment Developer charges are applicable when Southern Water is required to install, alter or utilise assets to provide water and/or sewerage services to a new development. This includes the costs of the system capacity which will be augmented or consumed by the development -- in the case of the Myer development, a demand equivalent to more than 120 households. If developer charges were not levied the costs of providing services to new developments would fall on our entire customer base, which is not appropriate as works covered by developer charges are speci c to the Myer development. Southern Water does not disclose speci c details relating to developer charges, but can con rm that a reported charge of $700,000 for a water connection is incorrect. Further, the development application for the Myer site is not being held up by Southern Water, with the applicable charges being included in the original development approval and discussions recently being held in order to reach a commercial agreement. Logan Water Alliance Case Study Parsons Brinckerhoff has announced that at the 7th Annual NSW Water Industry Operations Conference, Senior Water Engineer Anthony Domanti will present a case study about how the Logan Water Alliance provided a 63 per cent (AU$83 million) cost-saving solution for Logan City Council. Mr Domanti's presentation, Unlocking Value Through a Planning-Led Alliance --- the Alfred Street to Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant Rising Main, examines the Logan Water Alliance team's innovative approach to reduce this project's capital value by approximately AU$83m. Mr Domanti said the techniques, innovations and lessons learnt from the Logan Water Alliance experience could help other alliances develop more cost-effective methods of water delivery across Australia.
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