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industry news regular features 28 NOVEMBER 2012 water “We are honored to be listed once again with other water sector innovators,” said Jeff Green, CEO of NanoH2O, Inc. “Addressing water scarcity through reverse osmosis desalination has long been challenged by high energy costs. Our breakthrough nanocomposite membrane technology has gained rapid acceptance within the desalination industry because of its potential to decrease SWRO system energy consumption. Since their launch into the marketplace in April 2011, our membranes have been installed in over 50 installations across 33 countries. We are grateful to be recognised by the Artemis Project in their efforts to highlight innovations in water purification technology.” National Award for Southern Water Expert A Tasmanian water industry expert has been recognised on the national stage by being awarded the 2012 Thermo Fisher Scientific Kwatye Prize by the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA). The prestigious national industry prize was awarded to Southern Water’s Regional Water & Wastewater Manager, Mark McConnon, at the 2012 WIOA National Conference. Mr McConnon was awarded the prize for his work on improved disinfection of water reticulation systems after the occurrence of a water main break. Once finalised, this process will be implemented in Tasmania for the first time, making Southern Water and Tasmania industry leaders within the field. “I am passionate about improving the knowledge in our industry and ensuring that we do everything within our power to ensure that we continue to provide safe drinking water to our customers,” Mr McConnon said. “To be announced the winner of the Kwatye Prize in front of over 500 water industry professionals was overwhelming and completely unexpected, as this project started off as a work-related interest that has escalated into national recognition.” The $6000 award funding for the project, courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific, will enable Mr McConnon to further research current disinfection practices used by other water corporations, both nationally and internationally. WIOA Chief Operations Officer Craig Mathisen said Mr McConnon was a worthy winner and his project would continue on the success achieved by past winners of the award. The research findings will be presented to the water industry at a joint WIOA and Thermo Fisher Scientific event in 2013. Drinking Water from Wonthaggi Now Flowing To Cardinia Drinking water from the Victorian Desalination Plant is now flowing into the 84km underground pipeline and into Cardinia Reservoir. “This is a significant milestone for the project and confirms that the plant is now producing high quality water at the first third of its production capacity,” said Chris Herbert, CEO, AquaSure. “The amount of water produced will increase as commissioning continues and as full production capacity is achieved in coming months,” he said.
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