Water Journal : Water Journal September 2012-1
crosscurrent 8 SEPTEMBER 2012 water regular features International WHO has released its comprehensive WSP guide: Water safety planning for small community water supplies: step-by-step risk management guidance for drinking-water supplies in small communities. The guide outlines the essentials of water safety planning and then offers a series of tasks for implementation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $6.3m to non-profit organisation WaterAid to improve sanitation facilities in Nigeria. The scope of the four-year-project will involve WaterAid working with local government bodies across the country to facilitate affordable and sustainable sanitation services to a large number of people in Nigeria. A group of UN independent experts have warned there is no room for complacency, with only three years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). According to the report, the target on access to an improved source of water has been met in 2010; nonetheless, "significant disparities still exist and the most vulnerable people in the world have not benefited from progress," noted the UN Special Rapporteur, Catarina de Albuquerque. National The Gillard Government will provide more than $42 million to deliver nine innovative and sustainable stormwater harvesting and re-use projects to help secure water supplies in urban areas across Australia. Senator Don Farrell announced the successful applicants under the Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Projects third competitive grants round. Australia should take a lead in tackling the emerging global crisis in groundwater, says Prof Craig Simmons, director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, commenting on a recent UNESCO report titled Groundwater and Global Change. It warns that "current stresses on groundwater systems are without precedent in many parts of the world. These stresses are still increasing and produce considerable risk and uncertainty." The Bureau of Meteorology has released a publication titled Record-Breaking La Niña Events, which covers events which were associated with record rainfall over much of Australia and some of the biggest floods in living memory. It provides a historical record of the La Niña climatic conditions and explains how La Niña and El Niño events occur and the effect they have on Australia's weather. Two new research projects will improve understanding of the costs, benefits and risks that impact on investment in recycling options in Australia. Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence CEO Dr Mark O'Donohue said more than $1 million has been granted by the organisation for research that will examine the true value of water recycling. Queensland The Newman Government has proposed a $100 million Floodplain Security Scheme (FSS) that could save billions of dollars in future disaster damage. Deputy Premier, Jeff Seeney, has called on the Federal Government to match state spending in the program, which would aim to flood-proof large parts of Queensland. Mr Seeney has written to the Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Nicola Roxon, seeking Federal support. The Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply has released a draft of the Drinking Water Quality Management Plan Review and Audit Guideline. It aims to help providers and auditors understand how they can comply with the review and audit elements for approved Drinking Water Quality Management Plans. The Queensland Government has announced a three-member interim board to lead the transition of three bulk water entities into a single body -- the South-East Queensland Bulk Water Company Limited -- from next year. Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle, said Mr Noel Faulkner (Chair), Mr Michael Arnett and Ms Leith Boully would manage the merger of the three existing entities -- Seqwater, LinkWater and the SEQ Water Grid Manager. Queensland Urban Utilities has acquired a state-of-the-art laboratory from Brisbane City Council. CEO Louise Dudley said the acquisition of Scientific Analytical Services Laboratory (SAS Lab) represents an important milestone enabling the organisation to conduct expanded chemical and biological analysis and sampling of sewage, soil and air. SAS Lab is available to provide services to other water entities and industries. The Queensland Government has announced a new Chair and members of the Advisory Council to the independent Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland. Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle has appointed Julie-Anne Schafer as the new Chair. Ms Schafer is a solicitor, as well as a commissioner on the National Transport Commission and a board member of Queensland Rail and the Territory Insurance Office. The Queensland University of Technology, Science and Engineering Faculty has developed GVS (Groundwater Visualisation System), designed to represent groundwater systems and associated data, including drillholes water chemistry and surface connections. The system has been applied to a wide range of land types from sand islands to irrigated catchment-wide systems and regional sedimentary basins hosting coal seam gas resources. The Queensland Government has announced the release of water from two Gulf of Carpentaria rivers to support irrigated agriculture in north-west Queensland. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, said water from the Flinders River and Gilbert River catchment areas would deliver a boost for Gulf communities.
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