Water Journal : Water Journal April 2011
industry news regular features 18 APRIL 2011 water Cities of the Future 2011 Conference The IWA Cities of the Future Conference will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, 22--25 May 2011. Combining innovation and vision, the conference aims to strengthen the interaction between city planners and water professionals by keynotes and presentations from leading professionals and researchers, study tours and well-structured workshops. For more information go to: www.cof2011stockholm.org. Palintest Expands Global Reach Water analysis technology company Palintest Ltd has acquired the Water Technology Division of Wagtech International Ltd. The Wagtech Water Technology Division (WTD) will operate as a newly-formed stand-alone business unit within the Palintest organisation and will continue to focus on the manufacture and supply of a wide range of portable water testing kits and products for field use. The new Wagtech WTD business unit will be headed up by Neil Wrigglesworth, who together with Tom Aylward has transferred across from Wagtech International. The acquisition brings together the technical strength of the Palintest product range with the knowledge that Wagtech WTD has of bespoke field testing kits, especially for the developing areas of the world. Through the new combined distribution network it will considerably strengthen Palintest's reach into global markets, especially in Africa and Asia, providing those regions with greater access to the company's large and growing range of analytical equipment. World Bank Calls on Australian Expertise to Meet World Water Crisis The 2011 World Bank Water Week opened with a day dedicated to Australian expertise in water management, showcasing a delegation of Australian Government officials and companies with expertise in water conservation, management, policy and product. The delegation presented a series of briefings to World Bank officials focusing on Australian water and its relevance to the developing world. Key approaches to water management in Australia have included improved water efficiency, creating water through desalination, stormwater and recycling, and expanding the system of pipelines and natural waterways to improve how water is shared with drought-affected towns, irrigators, rivers and wetlands, and households. There has also been a focus on stronger regulation and developing pricing models for water. (Source: www.environment.gov.au) The Australian Water Day was part of a two-week water tour for Australia in the US and part of the Australian Trade Commission's 'G'Day USA' program, covering issues such as water rights and trading, climate change and the environment, water management, policy and water efficiency, and new water technologies. Web Tool Helps Conserve Water Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell and South Australian Minister for Water Paul Caica recently launched an innovative web tool to help Adelaide gardeners conserve water. The WaterRight Gardens web tool uses factors including the season, hours of sunlight, soil type and watering system to help households calculate how much water they should use. The website also features guides to a selection of plants most commonly used in Adelaide gardens and to designing a water-efficient garden. Senator Farrell said that faced with climate variability and uncertainty, every Australian capital city needs to be prepared for extended periods of drought in the future. "Despite the recent wet conditions in many parts of Australia, we need to be smarter with our scarce water resources to ensure we secure them for future generations," he said. "This website will help households apply the right amount of water for their garden needs and the local conditions so they can use less water and achieve the same or better results." WaterRight Gardens was developed by environmental consultant URS, with Commonwealth funding and support through the National Water Commission's Raising National Water Standards Program, and from SA Water. The WaterRight Gardens web tool can be found at: www.sawater.com.au/ sawater/. Project details are available at: www.nwc.gov.au. Garnaut Review Update Finds Increasing Temperature Link to Extreme Events The newly established Climate Commission has welcomed the update to the Garnaut Climate Change Review released recently stating that there is increasing scientific evidence of climate change and its impacts. Professor Will Steffen, a contributor to Professor Garnaut's Review update, said there was a strong scientific basis and imperative for rapid and vigorous action to reduce emissions. A key finding of the Review showed that there was a link between expectations for a warming world and temperature- related extreme events. The Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, launching the web tool. South Australian Minister for Water, Paul Caica, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator, Don Farrell, and Chief Executive of SA Water, John Ringham, explore the WaterRight Gardens webtool.
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