Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
industry news $2M Project to Improve Water Quality at Malabar Beach One of Sydney's most polluted beaches is being cleaned up, with Sydney Water and Randwick City Council starting work on a $2 million project at Malabar Beach. Under the joint project, two stormwater pipes that discharge into the beach will be diverted into a Sydney Water pipe that flows out at the old cliff face outfall well away from the swimming area. Randwick Mayor, Scott Nash, welcomed the commencement of the project. "We've been concerned about the poor water quality for many years. Malabar Beach is regularly identified by the Government's Beachwatch report as 'very poor' and swimming is not recommended after heavy rainfalls," Mayor Nash said. "I'm pleased Council has worked cooperatively with Sydney Water to come up with a program that's set to improve the water quality of the beach. The project will ensure any contaminants entering the stormwater pipes are discharged further away from the swimming area." Sydney Water Asset Strategy Leader Rod Kerr said: "The project is jointly funded with $1 million provided by the Office of Environment & Heritage to Randwick City Council, $400,000 from the NSW Environmental Trust's Urban Sustainability Program and $600,000 from Sydney Water. The decision to divert the stormwater pipes follows extensive discussions between Sydney Water, Randwick City Council, the Office of Environment and Heritage, and local community representatives and will lead to significant improvements in water quality at Malabar Beach." NWC Report Released The National Water Commission has released its comprehensive assessment of water reform progress in Australia, calling on governments to stay the distance on their reform commitments. Launching the report, Commission Chair Ms Chloe Munro said, "This independent report shows that actions under the National Water Initiative have made water use more efficient, sustainable and secure -- and this helped Australians weather the worst drought on record. States and territories have put rules in place for how water is shared, providing clearer directions for communities, industries and the environment -- regardless of whether water is scarce or plentiful. "Water trading has given farmers welcome options to buy and sell water as they need, depending on seasonal conditions and commodity prices. We've seen governments step in to buy water for the environment. That has put cash into communities as well as being a cost-effective way to return much needed water to precious wetlands. "Better planning decisions are being made because more is known about Australia's water resources -- and about the important connections between surface water and groundwater. "Our cities and towns have more options for water supply and better water security than they did a decade ago. However, just because rain gave parts of the country a reprieve by refilling dams and replenishing rivers, that doesn't mean we can afford to stop the clock on reform." firstname.lastname@example.org www.bintech.com.au TOLL FREE 1300 363 163 BINTECH SYSTEMS WATER SOLUTIONS • Ultrasonic Transmitters and Controllers • Point Level Switches • Magnetic Level Gauges • Sludge Level Systems • Wireless Systems • Residual Chlorine • Dissolved Ozone • Dissolved Oxygen • Turbidity • Suspended Solids • pH/ORP • Conductivity • Fluoride • Chlorine Gas Detectors • Portable Meters • Magnetic Flow Meters • Ultrasonic Meters -Transit Time / Doppler • Open Channel • Custom Spool Systems Flow Meters Level Systems Level Systems New Cronos Economy Analytical Controllers NEW!
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