Water Journal : Water Journal March 2011
water MARCH 2011 9 crosscurrent National Former NSW minister Craig Knowles has been appointed new Chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). Mr Knowles was involved in setting up the National Water Initiative in 2004 and was also a former member on the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council. He takes over from Mike Taylor, who stepped down at the end of last year. Water prices have risen, but Australia is using less water, according to the 4th Edition of Water Account Australia released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The average price of water nearly doubled from $0.40/kL in 2004-05 to $0.78/kL in 2008-09. At current prices, there was a 76 per cent increase in the industry value added per GL of water consumed, from $54 million per GL to $95 million per GL between 2004-05 and 2008-09. In 2008-09, total water consumption in the Australian economy was 14,101 GL, down 25 per cent from 2004-05 when it was 18,767 GL. Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics We regret to inform readers that David (Dave) Abbey passed away on 4 January 2011 at the Mater Calvary Hospital in Newcastle. Dave was well known and highly regarded in the water industry as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager. He worked extensively on multidisciplinary projects throughout Australia, Asia-Pacific and Europe and was a key contributor to many major infrastructure projects. Infrastructure Australia engaged Aecom to help identify opportunities to improve Australia's regional towns' water quality and security and form practical recommendations for change at the Federal, State and Local Government levels. The review looked at a sample of towns across Australia with populations between 2,000 and 15,000 and with a reticulated water supply. The report outlines the problems, analyses their causes, explores options and recommends a range of solutions. Infrastructure Australia is now developing a plan of action to respond to the findings and welcomes feedback. Go to www. infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/public_submissions/. Australian Capital Territory Consideration should be given to outsourcing water services in the ACT in order to deliver more cost-effective services, says ACTEW. In its submission to the Hawke Review of the ACT Public Service, the publicly owned corporation says that private industry is generally much better placed to provide cost-effective services than government agencies. The University of Canberra has announced plans to discontinue the sale of bottled water on campus. Approximately 140,000 bottles of water a year are currently consumed on campus. New water bubblers and bottle refill stations will increase the supply of drinking water on campus. New South Wales The NSW Fair Trading Deputy Commissioner has warned the public not to deal with two companies and one individual involved in marketing water tanks throughout NSW, Queensland and Victoria. The agency has received more than 90 complaints from consumers who have bought water tanks or paid deposits and where the tanks have not been supplied. Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) recently appointed Mr Anand Thakur as Client Relationship Executive for the NSW water market. Prior to working for PB, Mr Thakur held senior roles with MWH, Waste Services NSW, Australian Water Technologies and Sydney Water. He is a water engineer with 25 years practical experience, a degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Engineering and an MBA. A consortium, led by engineering consultants GHD, has been selected by the City of Sydney to develop a decentralised water masterplan for the Local Government Area (LGA). The plan would include Australia's first city-wide recycled water network and significantly reduce demands on drinking water supplies. The consortium will develop different business models to implement the decentralised water plan including a private sector water services company or a public/private joint venture.
Water Journal April 2011