Water Journal : Water Journal September 2012-1
crosscurrent 10 SEPTEMBER 2012 water regular features New South Wales NSW Water Commissioner, David Harriss, has released a report summarising the management of the 2011--2012 floods through the Barwon-Darling and Menindee Lakes systems. Mr Harriss said that after nearly 10 years of drought throughout much of the Murray-Darling Basin, this was the third year in a row that the Office of Water and State Water Corporation had managed flood flows through the river systems in the west of the state. The NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced new chairmen for three Catchment Management Authorities in rural NSW. They are: The Hon. Ian Armstrong AM OBE, former Member for Lachlan in the NSW Parliament and former Deputy Premier Lachlan CMA; Cr Hans Hietbrink, Mayor of Guyra, Border-Rivers Gwydir CMA; and Cr Conrad Bolton, Councillor with Narrabri Shire Council, Namoi CMA. IPART has published its preliminary views of Sydney Water's undertaking to provide access to the services of its drinking water network, the first voluntary access undertaking submitted by a water utility to an economic regulator for approval in Australia. IPART identifies a small number of areas for improvement. If these areas are addressed, IPART is likely to approve the document. The City of Sydney has developed a Decentralised Water Master Plan for its local government area. The plan identifies that local water sources such as stormwater, seawater and wastewater can produce up to 12 billion litres of local recycled water each year. This plan will be discussed in detail at AWA's Small Water and Wastewater National Conference in Newcastle this month. Construction of a $3 million project to improve water quality at Malabar Beach has been completed as part of a joint project between Sydney Water and Randwick City Council. Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said new pipes under Fisherman's Road and the Malabar Waste Water Treatment plant will now divert stormwater runoff away from the beach. The Warriewood Wastewater Treatment Plant has received $400,000 to improve the reliability of the plant. Sydney Water Managing Director, Kevin Young, said this investment is on top of a bigger $34.5 million project currently underway to expand and improve the operations of the plant. "Work has started to renew two primary sedimentation tanks. These tanks are an integral part of the wastewater process," he said. Residents are now connected to the $82 million Appin Wastewater Scheme following 18 months of construction. Those connecting can now enjoy the benefits of a new wastewater system, rather than relying on septic tanks and a pump-out service. The scheme includes about 40 kilometres of pipes to collect wastewater from the Appin village and transfer it to Sydney Water's system at Rosemeadow. Australian Capital Territory ACTEW Water has released a copy of its submission to the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) as part of the review into the price of water and sewerage services in the ACT. The ICRC is currently undertaking a water and sewerage services inquiry to determine the prices that ACTEW will charge for water and sewerage services for the five-year pricing period starting 1 July 2013. Tasmania Cradle Mountain Water has opened the Waratah Water Treatment Plant. The new plant increases surety that there will be no more 'boil water' notices for the residents of Waratah. Western Australia The WA Government will assist five dryland agricultural local government areas to generate extra emergency water to supplement farming and community supplies during periods of low rainfall. WA Water Minister Bill Marmion said the funding of $233,633 was part of the Department of Water's managed Community Water Supply Program for dryland areas. Water Corporation has formed an Alliance with Tenix to deliver wastewater upgrade works in Karratha, Port and South Hedland. Water Corporation Regional Business Manager Peter McAllister said the Alliance would begin work on the ground this month and the upgrades would be completed by mid-2014. WA Water Minister Bill Marmion has announced the Kwinana- Calista area would be provided $1.26 million of vital wastewater services as part of the State Government's Infill Sewerage Program. Mr Marmion said 98 residential lots would benefit from connection to the Water Corporation's central system. Infill sewerage is a system of pipes that takes wastewater away from residential properties for safe and healthy processing and disposal. WA Water Minister Bill Marmion has announced measures to help secure a reliable water supply for the south-west town of Manjimup, following months of poor rainfall. Mr Marmion said the town's water supply came from two local dams -- Manjimup and Phillips Creek -- both of which had received little inflow since 2010. A persistent drying climate has meant dam levels have dropped to 28 per cent, or just 529 million litres, well below the annual demand for water in the area, which is about 700 million litres. Bill Marmion has announced the early completion of a major Port Hedland infill sewerage project. The $7.9 million project, in an area rezoned as part of the Port Hedland Land Use Master Plan, would be finished at least three months ahead of schedule and provide safer processing and disposal of wastewater while allowing for development.
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