Water Journal : Water Journal December 2011
industry news regular features 20 DECEMBER 2011 water damage reduction measures and disaster management in crisis and recovery situations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the US. He also supported the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the National Flood Insurance Program through FEMA. In his previous role, Mr Chapman led the Watershed Concepts division of AECOM's water business in North America and was responsible for 13 offices and 160 team members performing floodplain mapping, flood risk assessment, hazard mitigation and geospatial projects for FEMA, as well as state and local government authorities. His new role will also involve establishing procedures and systems to enhance work sharing across AECOM's businesses in Australia and New Zealand, and around the world. Community Support for Perth's Groundwater Replenishment Trial The Water Corporation's Groundwater Replenishment Trial, which involves further treating secondary treated wastewater to drinking water standards and recharging it to groundwater, is well underway. Community engagement and support are integral to its success and are a key focus for the project team. Community attitudes have been monitored since 2007 to determine concerns and levels of support for groundwater replenishment from both an informed and uninformed position. This data is collected through a variety of means including phone surveys, focus groups, surveys collected at community events and tours. Phone survey results from 2011 indicate 67 per cent support for recycled water becoming part of Perth's drinking water supply, with 21 per cent of respondents in opposition and 12 per cent unsure. These results have remained fairly consistent since surveying began. Along with other engagement initiatives, the Advanced Water Recycling Plant and custom-built Visitor Centre in Craigie continue to play a key role in engaging with the Perth community. Tours of the facility began shortly after the trial's launch in November 2010, with an excellent response from community, industry, stakeholders and school groups. So far nearly 4,000 people have toured the facility. Community feedback from tours indicates that outright opposition is low and people are generally supportive of groundwater replenishment. The research conducted through the tours and at other community events shows that generally support for groundwater replenishment increases once people have more information about the treatment process and learn about examples of recycled water schemes successfully implemented around the world. Educating schoolchildren about the water cycle, water recycling and Joe Chapman The custom-built Visitor Centre.
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