Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
regular features 20 NOVEMBER 2011 water Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Updated The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the 2011 version of Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG). The guidelines provide the Australian community and the water supply industry with guidance on what constitutes good quality drinking water. The upgraded Community Water Planner, a web-based tool designed to assist small communities to develop drinking water management plans, was released at the same time. The CWP covers microbial, physical, chemical and radiological risks to water supply. Both the ADWG and CWP can be accessed via the NHMRC website at: www.nhmrc.gov.au National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Opens Australia's first Desal Discovery Centre and dedicated Desal Research Facility were officially opened in September by WA Water Minister Bill Marmion at the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA) in front of hundreds of visiting international water experts. NCEDA's new $5 million national facilities at Murdoch University's Rockingham campus in Western Australia will be used by the Centre's scientists from 13 universities and CSIRO working with industry to improve desalination technologies, and are the result of unique collaboration between state and federal governments. At the ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator, Don Farrell, announced that the $20 million federally-funded Centre has just offered $3.8m to fund 11 innovative new desalination research projects across Australia -- boosting the number of NCEDA projects to 33. Substantial commercial industry support for the new NCEDA facilities was honoured with thanks for new gold sponsorships and donations of $500,000 worth of new plant and equipment. Murdoch University Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Higgott, made a surprise announcement during proceedings, bestowing a rare Honorary Professorship on NCEDA Chief Scientific Officer, David Furukawa, for his outstanding pioneering contribution to desalination in Australia and worldwide over the past 40 years. It's only the third such award Murdoch has ever made. NCEDA CEO, Neil Palmer, thanked the WA state government, Australian federal government and Murdoch for their foresight and support in creating the Centre's new world-class facilities and welcomed the ongoing investment. SEQ Water Grid's Advanced Water Treatment Plant Wins Award The SEQ Water Grid's Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant has won the 2011 International WateReuse Project of the Year award. SEQ Water Grid spokesperson Barry Dennien said the plant was awarded the honour, from over 47 other nominations from around the world, because of its innovative technology and processes. "We are incredibly proud of this achievement and once again it illustrates the high standards of the assets that make up our connected Water Grid in South-East Queensland. Even though South-East Queensland currently has a very strong water security position, our ability to reclaim and purify water is our insurance policy against future droughts, and the Luggage Point Advanced Water Treatment Plant is helping to drought-proof Brisbane's water supply for the foreseeable future," he said. The Plant has supplied more than 10,150 megalitres of purified recycled water to industrial customers -- water that would otherwise have come from drinking water supplies. industry news At EcoCatalysts we're the experts at reducing your operation & maintenance costs. u Wastewater u Odour Control u Bio-Remediation EcoCatalysts is bringing about a fundamental transformation in the advanced treatment of our water resources and bio-remediation. Our Product Range Covers Call: 1800 207 009 Email: email@example.com Web: www.ecocatalysts.com.au Come & See Us at AWA Q’Water’11 Regional Conference Stand 25 From left: Professor Richard Higgott, David Furukawa and NCEDA CEO Neil Palmer.
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