Water Journal : Water Journal November 2012-1
crosscurrent 12 NOVEMBER 2012 water regular features commercial operators and the environment, and at the same time conserving precious drinking water supplies. Phillip Island has a relatively small permanent population of close to 10,000 residents, yet can experience over 3.5 million visitors annually, generating a significant demand. Future demand for water supply in the region is forecast to grow 58 per cent within 20 years, and 166% by 2055. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a report that presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 State Supplementary Survey – Household Water and Energy Use – conducted during October 2011 across Victoria. The survey collected information on household energy sources and use, insulation, water sources and use, as well as public transport use, all of which have implications for resource consumption. Goulburn-Murray Water has announced that it will wind up Watermove, a subsidiary operated as an independent broker of water entitlements, as part of its strategic review and commitment to focus on its core business. In a statement, the company explained: ‘Watermove had effectively served its purpose. It was created at a time when there weren’t other providers in the marketplace and the Victorian Water Register didn’t exist. Now there are multiple providers in the marketplace and the Water Register provides substantial information about the water market.’ The $6.1 billion desalination plant at Wonthaggi has begun large- scale production of drinking water. The director of the controversial plant has assured Melbourne residents that its drinking water tastes “fantastic”. Head of operations for Thiess Degrémont Services – the company behind the design and construction of the project – said the water quality had been approved and water had started flowing in the 84km pipeline to the Cardinia Reservoir. The plant, which is now operating at a third of its expected final capacity, will ensure Melbourne’s residential and industrial water future. Builder Leighton said the plant would be finished later this year. Itron will provide its advanced metering solution to Melbourne and regional water companies in Victoria. The solution will help City West Water, South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and Barwon Water manage supply, optimise usage and conserve water resources. This follows a three-year contract Itron completed with the utilities to deliver water meters and the associated AMR system. Victorian Environment Minister Ryan Smith has released a new plan to co-ordinate $1 billion worth of works over the next five years across the state’s waterways to improve the health of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. Mr Smith announced the co-ordination plan will help drive investment and focus efforts to improve Victoria’s iconic waterways. He released a ‘Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Plan of Action’ while opening the 15th International River Symposium in Melbourne. Following its recent strategic direction review and audit of municipal solid waste management, Sustainability Victoria has released its Strategic Plan 2012–2015. Sustainability Victoria is committed to finding solutions across Victoria that are both practical and tangible and minimise impact on the environment. Tasmania Two new directors have been appointed to the board of Hydro Tasmania. Tessa Jakszewicz and Grant Every-Burns have been appointed as directors for three years, replacing Chloe Munro and Sally Farrier who retired from the board earlier this year. South Australia Work is underway to determine the demand and availability of water in the Alinytjara Wilurara Natural Resources Management region to ensure sustainable water supplies into the future. A regional demand and supply statement is being developed by the South Australian Government, which will take stock of all water resources for drinking and non-drinking purposes, the current and projected future demands on these resources, and the likely timing of any possible future demand-supply imbalance out to 2050. The SA Government is working to secure sustainable water supplies in the South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management region, until 2050. The SA Arid Lands Demand and Supply Statement is being developed, which projects a 40-year overview of future water supply and demand across the region. It will consider all water resources for drinking and non-drinking purposes, the current and projected future demands, and the likely timing of any possible demand-supply imbalance. A draft regulation will provide existing water users who qualified for a share of the resources across the Eastern and Western Mount Lofty Ranges Prescribed Water Resources Area a second chance to apply for a water licence. At the end of 2005, all existing water users who could demonstrate water use, or a future commitment to use water, during the relevant establishment periods were given six months to apply. This included owners of dams greater than five megalitres used for stock and domestic purposes in the Western Mount Lofty Ranges region. SA Water has outlined an efficient and responsible approach to meeting the needs of its customers in its first Regulatory Business Proposal (RBP) submitted to the Essential Services Commission of SA (ESCOSA). The RBP outlines proposed projects to ensure reliable water and wastewater services for customers, provides ESCOSA with information to assist it in determining the revenue required for SA Water to deliver its services, and summarises how SA Water will provide effective and cost-efficient services, including planned future operations of the Adelaide Desalination Plant. The organisation plans to place the $1.9 billion desalination plant in ‘standby mode’ and use its lower-cost water sources first to keep costs down. Chief Executive John Ringham said, “Improved inflows into the River Murray and Mount Lofty catchments have put us in a position where we can utilise these sources first, and we are anticipating the desalination plant may not need to be operated in the upcoming regulatory period after the completion of its 24-month warranty. 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