Water Journal : Water Journal May 2011
awa news National Action Plan On a national level the National Representative Committee has been busy working through its action plan items. Watch this space for more news on the YWP Strategic Plan review, YWP committee management, including standardising roles and succession planning, YWP involvement with National Water Week, further promotion of student subscriptions and YWP social media online forums (aka Facebook). Yes, YWPs are embracing what they know best, so you will soon be able to keep up to date and interact with us more easily online. Weather Forecast So, is La Niña over yet? As I work at the centre of forecasting expertise [the Bureau of Meteorology], I have been advised that the La Niña pattern is weakening as the Southern Oscillation Index returns to neutral. Furthermore, word from the north (Broome) is that the dragonflies are already out and about in their masses and in full colour-spectrum glory, which usually signifies the end of the wet season. However, officially the cyclone season doesn't end until 1 May, and as I write this article [in April] Tropical Cyclone Errol has just been named situated near Kalumburu (WA). I predict there will be a lot of parties and huge relief around the end of the season when warning operations and emergency management can hang up their hats for a while. While northern Australia had record rainfall during this season, it was the complete opposite situation in the south-west, where a record number of days without rainfall was experienced -- sparking the age-old debate on water supply solutions, including transporting water from the north to the south by pipelines via Kalgoorlie or a canal from Fitzroy to Perth. Another notion is to encourage regional town populations over metropolitan, and new solutions include looking at towing water via cargo vessels. A comparison of annual rainfall totals to date between Brisbane (660mm) and Perth (35mm) and Gibb River in northern WA (1652mm) show further issues for Urban Water design. Furthermore, the National Water Commission has recently released its key findings and recommendations from the Urban Water in Australia: Future Directions project. All these issues, options and debates prove that we are living in a very water- sensitive time and a career in the water industry is a challenging, interesting and rewarding one. Attendees at Victoria's YWP Regional Conference in Geelong. Cromford manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of Polyethylene and PPR Pipe from 25mm to 800mm and also HDPE and PVC Flexi pipe from 50mm to 160mm in Class 1000. Capabilities also include special colours, solid, striped or jacketed. Manufacturing and distributing Pipe, as well as fittings for Australia's infrastructure and project needs. Cromford Pipe, a division of Cromford Group are proudly Australian owned and operated. Visit our website at www.cromford.com.au or call our sales team on 1300 739 830.
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