Water Journal : Water Journal August 2012
crosscurrent 14 AUGUST 2012 water regular features with its governance. The in-principle support will see fundamental requirements for state government oversight and involvement removed and will be guided by ASX Corporate Governance Principles. Construction has begun on the Derwent Park Stormwater Harvesting and Industrial Reuse project, which will save about 476 megalitres of water a year at the Nyrstar Hobart Smelter and Moonah Primary School. Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the scheme would reduce demand on drinking water supplies and reduce the impact of urban run-off on local waterways. South Australia The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and the Hon Jay Weatherill, Premier South Australia, acknowledged the challenging nature of overcoming the issues surrounding the Murray-Darling Basin in their opening addresses at the joint conference for the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), and Irrigation Australia Limited's (IAL) conference and tradeshow held in Adelaide recently. Western Australia The WA Department of Water is calling for comment on a new state-wide guideline that clarifies water management regulations for the resources industry. The Western Australian water in mining guideline: Draft for public comment, covers all areas of Western Australia and provides clear guidelines to miners about the regulatory processes around water management. The WA Government will spend $2.5 million in 2012--13 on preliminary design and investigation works to ensure the Water Corporation is in a position to implement a groundwater replenishment scheme for Perth, should the trial be successful. Groundwater replenishment involves treating wastewater to Australian drinking water standards and then adding it to underground aquifers to supplement drinking water supplies. A draft water plan released for public comment by the WA Department of Water will protect catchments and support the delivery of high-quality drinking water to West Pilbara towns. The Bungaroo Creek Water Reserve Drinking Water Source Protection Plan: Draft for Public Comment outlines how to protect the quality of the Bungaroo Creek groundwater source. A key recommendation of the plan is a proposal to establish a water reserve for the Bungaroo Creek source area. Pilbara communities will save up to 1.15 billion litres of water each year through a $1.5 million expansion of water efficiency projects. Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, approved expansions of Integrated Water Efficiency Projects in the East Pilbara and West Pilbara regions of Western Australia. "Saving an additional 1.15 billion litres of water, the equivalent of about 460 Olympic swimming pools, through the expansion of these projects will play an extremely important role in addressing water scarcity in the Pilbara," Senator Farrell said. Western Australia's efforts to protect its water sources from illegal use have been bolstered by the Federal Government's approval of its compliance and enforcement plan. Water Minister Bill Marmion said the integration of the state's compliance and enforcement plan with a national framework would provide the state with extra resources for its increased efforts in this important area of operations. WA's implementation plan for the National Framework for Compliance and Enforcement Systems for Water Resource Management was recently approved by the Federal Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke. The Department of Water is continuing to monitor and assess the salinity of the lower Gascoyne River (WA) to assist growers and protect local aquifers. Mid West Gascoyne Regional Manager Adam Maskew said a reduction in both rainfall and river flow is contributing to the higher than normal salinity levels in the Gascoyne River for this time of year. "The pattern of rainfall and river flows starting with the 2010--11 flood events has led to increased soil salt mobilisation in the catchment and evaporative salt concentration in the Gascoyne River. A multi-million dollar drilling program to establish if the West Canning Basin in the Pilbara can support a major industrial-use water supply will begin this week and is expected to be completed by December this year. Water Minister Bill Marmion said the program would be mainly funded by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Fortescue Metals Group and North West Infrastructure, working with the Water Corporation to establish the viability of the source. WorleyParsons has been awarded the investigative drilling contract. An evaluation of the WA Midwest's groundwater resources has confirmed no change to water allocation limits across key groundwater areas. Department of Water Executive Director Science and Planning, Greg Davis, said despite an increase in Midwest water demand and licences, water remained available from most aquifers in the Midwest areas of Jurien and Arrowsmith. Queensland The Newman Government will significantly reduce the number of water supply bureaucracies servicing South-East Queensland (SEQ) from four to one, fulfilling a commitment from the First 100 Day Action Plan. Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle, said merging three SEQ bulk water entities (Seqwater, LinkWater and the SEQ Water Grid Manager) and abolishing the Queensland Water Commission (QWC) would reduce the cost of supplying drinking water across South-East Queensland.
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