Water Journal : Water Journal July 2012
crosscurrent water JULY 2012 15 Elster has announced that Sydney Water has selected Elster as one of its suppliers to deliver V100 volumetric water meters and Helix water meters over the next three years, commencing on July 1, 2012. These meters will help Sydney Water to manage their water resources. Tasmania Cradle Mountain Water welcomes the release of the first independent investigation of pricing of Water and Sewerage Services with the release of the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator's First Pricing determination. "It is pleasing that the Regulator has seen fit to support Cradle Mountain Water's bid to implement a more equitable way of charging for services," said CEO Andrew Kneebone. "Essentially, the Regulator has supported Cradle Mountain Water's position, with the exception of the treatment of water charges in Burnie." The construction of Tasmania's biggest ever irrigation scheme is ready to start in the Midlands. Final approvals had been given for the $104 million Midlands Water Scheme and major design and construction contracts have been awarded, creating 130 direct jobs during the two years it will take to build the scheme. Queensland The Queensland Water Commission has released the Draft Underground Water Impact Report for the Surat Cumulative Management Area (UWIR) for public consultation. Queensland Water Commissioner, Mary Boydell, said the report was a key part of the regulatory framework for managing the impacts of groundwater extraction by petroleum tenure holders, including coal seam gas (CSG) operators. Queensland Urban Utilities will invest $1 million over nine years to participate in the newly established Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities. The centre will undertake a national research program, which aims to revolutionise urban water management in Australia by influencing and guiding more than $100 billion in water investments and $550 billion in private sector urban investment over the next 15 years. The centre will deliver socio-technical urban water management solutions, including education and training programs and industry engagement to ensure Australian towns and cities are water sensitive. The Bureau of Meteorology continues to expand the coverage of Water Storage, with data from a 20th provider recently added. Lake Awoonga in Queensland is the latest addition, thanks to the support of the Gladstone Area Water Board. Water levels and stored volumes in Lake Awoonga are now available through the Water Storage webpage and iPhone app. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines (NRM) says it is carefully monitoring water courses in the Fitzroy Catchment at the moment, with a number of factors likely to cause a temporary increase in salinity levels. NRM Acting Regional Services Director, Darren Moor, said a number of factors influence salinity readings in the catchment, including a lack of good rain to dilute salt levels in waterways. "That means groundwater, which is naturally more saline, and flows into a number of streams across the basin, causing readings to rise," Mr Moor said. South Australia Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has condemned cuts to water programs in the Budget. Funding for water projects has been slashed overall, but in an area where water project funding has increased -- On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency -- SA is expected to miss out because local farmers are already too water efficient to qualify. The budget cuts include: Raising National Water Standards Program and the Australian Water Fund: Termination of program; Water for the Future -- Driving Reform in the Murray-Darling Basin: $61.2million cut; Water for the Future -- National Urban Water and Desalination Plan: $25.7million cut; and Water for the Future -- National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns: $16.5million cut. John Holland, together with joint venture partner, Leed, has successfully delivered the first major component of the Network Integration and Ancillary Works Project (NIAW), on time, for SA Water. Completion of Stage 1 was reached with the delivery of the Eastern Pipeline, which will allow the first water from the Adelaide Desalination Plant to enter the North- South Interconnection System Project (NSISP). A one-off Water Security Rebate will be introduced to help alleviate the cost of increased water prices in SA. The rebate will go to more than 600,000 residential customers, meaning this year's price increase for the average water and sewerage bill will be about nine per cent. The Water Security Rebate has been factored into the 2012--2013 pricing decision in recognition of substantial price increases experienced by consumers over the past few years. The South Australian Government is investigating the feasibility of diverting surplus fresh water from the South East drainage network into existing South East wetlands and the Coorong South Lagoon. The South East Flows Restoration Project (SEFRP) is in the early stages of investigation and it is yet to be determined if the project is feasible -- both technically and financially. Department for Water South East Water Manager Glenn Shimmin said the project proposes to use a combination of natural water courses, newly constructed floodways and existing drains to divert surplus water, which currently flows into the sea, towards the Coorong. Member News Nalco, an Ecolab company, has been named the 2012 Water Technology Company of the Year by Global Water Intelligence. The award, given for Nalco's contributions in the field of water technology, was presented during the 2012 Global Water Awards ceremony in Rome. Recipients are selected by subscribers of Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report, as well as members of the International Desalination Association.
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