Water Journal : Water Journal June 2013
WATER JUNE 2013 10 CrossCurrent A joint groundwater monitoring project between the NSW Of ce of Water and the University of New South Wales has commenced, NSW Water Commissioner David Harriss has announced. Up to ve shallow alluvial monitoring bores will be drilled in Namoi Valley, close to Manilla, Quirindi and Currabubula to add to the existing alluvial groundwater monitoring network across the Namoi Catchment. Work is now underway to install wastewater equipment on Cowan properties as part of a $20 million Cowan Wastewater Scheme. Sydney Water General Manager of Infrastructure Delivery, Ian Payne, said the commencement of the Scheme was great news for the local community and environment. A new Charles Sturt University Food, Soil and Water Research Centre will be built by Charles Sturt University (CSU) in partnership with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council at CSU's proposed green eld campus site in Port Macquarie. The centre's main aim will be to help Australia address challenges and economic opportunities in providing food and water for an ever-increasing global population. MidCoast Water's Water Recycling and Reuse Program has won the 2013 Recovering, Recycling and Reusing category at the Institute of Public Works Engineers Australia, NSW Division, Excellence Awards. Over $6 million has been invested in the project by the Australian Government to secure water supplies for towns on the mid-north coast of NSW, through the reuse of over 430 million litres of treated wastewater a year. Hunter Water's massive tree-planting project (one of the largest seen in the Hunter region) is nearing completion. Planted around Grahamstown and Chichester Dams, the trees will offset carbon emissions produced from the operation of recycled water plants with the added bene t of long-term water quality improvements. Victoria In what will be an Australian rst, Yarra Valley Water is developing an innovative waste-to-energy facility in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The facility will convert organic waste destined for land lls into energy, reducing energy costs, waste to land ll and greenhouse gas emissions. "Instead of treating our sludge as waste, we're treating it as a product with value that can be reused to create and capture methane gas resulting in signi cant environmental and cost bene ts," says Mr Tony Kelly, Managing Director Yarra Valley Water. The Victorian Government has announced $16 million to kickstart a major modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District (MID) over the next three years, with a co-contribution of $16 million from irrigators. A $94 million water treatment plant that will save about two billion litres of drinking water every year has been of cially opened at Corio. The Northern Water Plant treats sewage and trade waste from Geelong's northern suburbs to produce Class A recycled water for the Shell Geelong Re nery. It will save about ve per cent of Geelong's current annual consumption, while the high-quality recycled water will also be available for other uses. Over 30,000 South East Water customers in Melbourne have made the switch to secure online self-service, with access to view and manage their account 24/7. Launched in November 2012, 'mySouthEastWater' gives customers the freedom to log on, view and make changes to account information without the need to call during business hours. 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. Queensland Groundbreaking research to develop new guidelines to assess air quality in mining regions is underway between The University and Queensland and INCT-ACQUA, a research institute supported by three leading institutions in Brazil. The collaboration between UQ and the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), the Brazilian National Council for Scienti c and Technological Development (CNPq) and the Foundation for Research Support of the State of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG) will take a holistic approach to generate data to provide comprehensive environmental and human health risk assessments in mining areas. Tasmania Seventeen-year-old Tasmanian college student Declan Fahey, who is in Year 12 at Hellyer College in Burnie, will represent Australia in a world water competition in Stockholm. His paper, which is on the subject of groundwater salinity, has implications for world food production and won him the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize. "I've been carrying out this investigation since I was in Year 7 and I did it again this year for a local science fair," Declan said. "My teachers thought I should have a bit of a go at this one. It just goes to show that science can take you anywhere."
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