Water Journal : Water Journal September 2012-1
crosscurrent 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 water regular features Western Water has welcomed funding for the Romsey Recycled Water Project. This project will reduce pressure on Romsey's drinking water supplies and guarantee a green sporting precinct for the town. Western Water is contributing almost $80,000 to the project, including upgrading the pump station and building the pipeline that will take recycled water from the Romsey Recycled Water Plant to the town's sports precinct. Victoria Future development in Melbourne's largest and fastest growth area in the city of Wyndham is secure following action on water supply by the Victorian Government. Minister for Water Peter Walsh and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy announced the West Werribee Dual Water Supply Project will now progress quickly following an amendment to the Wyndham planning scheme. Melbourne's water storages have reached 70 per cent full for the first time since January 1998. The Thomson Dam starred, gaining 63.8 billion litres and rising to 63.7 per cent capacity. This increase represents around three months' water supply for Melbourne. The impressive increase was thanks to a combination of above- average rainfall and soaked catchments, and the legacy of almost two years of good rain and stream flow. South Australia SA Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, Paul Caica, has opened the SA Arid Lands Natural Resource Centre in Port Augusta. Mr Caica said it would be a valuable new centre for all natural resource management issues. "This centre is the second of eight to open throughout South Australia as part of the State Government's commitment to support sustainable land use, water quality and conservation," Mr Caica said. "It will offer advice and services to the region's residents, ranging from land management and sustainable primary production to native plants and animals. Mount Gambier's iconic Blue Lake has been named one of Australia's seven hydrogeological wonders. The Great Artesian Basin, one of the largest groundwater basins in the world covering 22 per cent of the Australian continent, including the north-eastern part of South Australia -- was named the most outstanding. The Gillard Government will provide up to $1.2 million to explore proposals to improve irrigation efficiency in South Australia. Water Minister Tony Burke said he wanted to explore options for infrastructure funding for South Australian irrigators that provided value for money and would help restore the health of the Murray- Darling Basin. The funding will support the SA Government and the South Australian Water Industry Alliance to undertake a feasibility study and a business case and program proposal for the South Australian River Murray Improvements Program. SA Water has finalised its long-term plan for the Upper Spencer Gulf, which will ensure it can continue to meet customer requirements for the next 30 years. The Upper Spencer Gulf long-term plan considered SA Water's water and wastewater services in Whyalla, Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Port Germein, Crystal Brook and other surrounding country lands. SA Water Chief Executive John Ringham says a detailed review of the region's water services has found that there is sufficient water available to supply the Upper Spencer Gulf until at least 2040/41. South Australia is still suffering the consequences of decades of upstream over-allocation from the River Murray, which was exacerbated by the recent severe drought. It is a timely reminder to upstream states about why South Australia is fighting for more water for the river. Northern Territory Wurrumiyanga residents on Bathurst Island now have a secure water supply with the opening of a new water production and storage project. The Australian Government is providing $2.7 million in funding for this project -- one of eight in the Northern Territory receiving a total of $20.25 million under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns. Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said safe and reliable water supplies will help improve the quality of life and wellbeing for the people of Wurrumiyanga. Member News YWP President Mike Dixon is moving to the US to take a position with NanoH2O Incorporated as a Senior Applications Engineer. NanoH2O is a membrane manufacturing company based in Los Angeles, utilising nanotechnology to produce low energy and high flux membranes. Mike will continue as YWP President until the end of 2012. Observant was crowned the winner of the Irrigation Australia 2012 New Product/Innovation Award for its next generation C3 remote water monitoring system at the Irrigation Australia annual awards night in Adelaide. C3 was recognised for its originality, quality of design, scope for acceptance by the market, water and energy efficiency contribution, and potential to reduce environmental impact through water savings. Black & Veatch's global water business has appointed William Yong to lead strategic business growth in South Asia Pacific. Yong joins as the investment in Critical Human InfrastructureTM across Asia is rising. US$10 trillion is expected to be invested in infrastructure in Asia between 2010 and 2020, with a significant proportion earmarked for water projects. AWA National Director Mark Bartley has moved firms to start a new water, planning and environment practice at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers in Melbourne. Mark has been an AWA director for four years and before that was a Victorian Committee member. He previously led the water practice at DLA Piper (Phillips Fox).
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