Water Journal : Water Journal March 2011
industry news regular features 30 MARCH 2011 water Dalby Wastewater Recycling Plant Wins Engineering Award Western Downs Regional Council's state-of-the-art Wastewater Recycling Treatment Plant has won the 2010 Institute of Public Works Engineering Excellence Award for Water Projects up to $5 million. The $2.35 million Class A+ water recycling plant was designed and built by Water Infrastructure Group. The project was an augmentation to the existing Dalby Wastewater Treatment Plant utilising existing infrastructure and a new micro-filtration plant. Mayor Ray Brown said the calibre of finalists was exceptional, and to take out the award was evidence of the success of the State Government working with Western Downs Regional Council and Dalby Bio-Refinery Ltd to deliver this important piece of infrastructure. The plant is the first of its kind in the region and has been designed to provide a dedicated recycled water supply to the Dalby Bio-Refinery. "The Utilities staff were up against 27 other finalists in 13 categories, so the fact that our small project won this award compared to some of the projects of the large Councils is major recognition from our peers of the plant's quality and performance," he said. "Since it was commissioned the plant has already had a significant impact on the volume of the Dalby town water supply, producing one megalitre of high quality industrial grade water per day. This translates into a 365 megalitres-a-year saving of Dalby's bulk water supply." The judges commented that the project will provide long- term water security to the town and put it on the front foot in managing growth. "The recycling plant was a well-conceived and implemented project to provide an alternative recycled water supply to replace significant industry use of a limited potable water supply. Not only did the project meet and score well against sustainability and environmental management criteria, it also had strong economic and social outcomes for the Council." During the recent floods at Dalby, the wastewater recycling plant was taken offline to protect the micro-filtration plant membranes from high turbidity caused by floodwater infiltration in the sewerage system. Once the infiltration stopped, the plant was up and running with Class A+ recycled water production back to normal within a few days. 2011 Global Water Summit The 2011 Global Water Summit, organised by Global Water Intelligence and the International Desalination Association, will take place on April 18 and 19, 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin. The theme of the Summit is "Focusing on Performance": what are the big ideas, the successful experiences, the new business models and emerging technologies that will drive performance in the water sector in the years to come? The two-day event will feature more than 70 other speakers discussing topics such as: • What are the world's best performing utilities doing right? • Is there a scalable for-profit model that really delivers water services to the poor? • How is climate change really affecting the water cycle? • What will desalination look like in 30 years' time? • Can industrial and municipal water users work better together? • What can we learn from the oil and gas sector? • Does water footprinting work? • Is this Africa's moment for water? • What does the next generation of water resources project look like? The Summit also includes the 2011 Global Water Awards, with a guest speech from Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations. For more information please visit: www.watermeetsmoney.com The $2.3 million Class A+ plant was designed and built by Water Infrastructure Group. Graham Cook, Regional Council's Director Engineering Services, Max Henderson, Group Manager Utilities and Terry Fagg, Utilities Treatment Manager.
Water Journal April 2011