Water Journal : Water Journal September 2011
industry news regular features 22 SEPTEMBER 2011 water extensive greening of cities to mitigate urban heat and to improve the ecological value of the green and blue corridors in cities". For more information about the Cities as Water Supply Catchments Research Program and associated outputs, please contact Professor Tony Wong, Director and Chief Executive, Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, Monash University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org IDA Raises $120,000 for Water-Poor The International Desalination Association's (IDA) landmark 'Desalination Industry Action for Good' conference has raised $120,000 to help alleviate water shortages for residents of Ankililoaka, Madagascar. IDA's contribution of $60,000 to this humanitarian project was matched by Rotary International, which supported the conference. Held recently in Portofino, Italy, this event was the first dedicated solely to the topic of desalination and social responsibility. Ankililoaka is home to 100,000 people, approximately half of whom are children. Currently, these people have access to only one well for every 1,800 inhabitants. Many of them are dug by hand. With the funds donated by IDA and Rotary, at least 20 new wells will be dug over the next two years. In addition, the project will reactivate existing wells that are no longer operational. This will significantly improve residents' access to drinking water by providing one well for every 500 inhabitants. New CEO for Queensland Urban Utilities Queensland Urban Utilities has appointed Ian Maynard as the company's new chief executive. The state's largest water utility and the fourth largest in the country, Queensland Urban Utilities delivers water and wastewater services to 1.3 million residents in South-East Queensland. "For all water companies, a key challenge is improving customer understanding of the inherent value in the products and services that water utilities provide,'' Mr Maynard said. "For a long time in Australia we have taken for granted that we have access to clean, fresh drinking water simply by turning on the tap. We want our customers to fully understand what it takes to deliver high quality drinking water to their taps and what's involved in taking away wastewater through the simple push of a button.'' Better management of urban stormwater will produce more livable, water sensitive cities. Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd has established the MIA Renewal Alliance to carry out modernisation infrastructure works that will improve productivity and create water savings for the future. The Alliance is made up of Murrumbidgee Irrigation, GHD, John Holland Group and UGL Infrastructure. Infrastructure works are expected to commence from early 2012, subject to project planning and funding approvals. The MIA Renewal Alliance is therefore calling for expressions of interest from suppliers and subcontractors who may wish to provide their services to the Alliance in the future. This will provide the Alliance with the opportunity to assess the capability of interested organisations and further develop supplier and subcontractor capability to ensure compliance with the relevant requirements. Those organisations and individuals who respond will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire relating to their current capacity, experience and capabilities. Expressions of interest should be forwarded by 30 September 2011 to: Mr Ian Butler Delivery Manager Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Renewal Alliance PO BOX 716 Griffith NSW 2680 To know more please email email@example.com Suppliers and subcontractors -- expressions of interest The National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (the Code) and the Australian Government Implementation Guidelines for the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry, reissued August 2009 (the Guidelines), apply to this project. By agreeing to undertake the works, you will be taken to have read and to agree to comply with the Code and Guidelines.
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