Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
industry news regular features 28 AUGUST 2011 water 2006. Some of the adverse impacts of groundwater mining are already apparent in this region. • To prepare for future droughts, the report recommends putting in place new drought management strategies capable of addressing the risks of longer and more severe water shortfalls, such as improving water efficiency, enhancing groundwater recharge, establishing longer-term water transfer programs and systems for monitoring and evaluating those transfers, restoring critical ecosystem flows and habitat, planting drought-resistant crops, adjusting grazing schedules and intensity, improving soil moisture management, expanding energy conservation and efficiency programs, and diversifying the state's energy portfolio with a focus on renewable energy sources. The full report, which includes recommendations for improving drought planning and management, an executive summary, and short video, is available free at: www.pacinst. org/reports/california_drought_impacts/ Industry Commits to Phosphate-free Laundry Detergents From 2014, Australians will no longer be able to buy laundry detergents that contain phosphates. All major companies in the Australian detergent industry have now implemented or agreed to phase out phosphates in household laundry detergents. The final companies to commit to the phase-out were PZ Cussons Australia and Colgate-Palmolive. "America banned phosphates from household laundry detergents in the mid-90s because of the impacts that phosphate had on their waterways," said Do Something! Founder Jon Dee, a long time campaigner against phosphates in laundry detergents. "It's great to see the local detergent industry stepping up to the plate to voluntarily ban them here too." From a greenhouse emissions perspective, it's estimated that the switch to phosphate-free laundry detergent could be equivalent to taking 33,000 cars off the road. Nubian Water Systems Names Barry Porter as New CEO Australian-owned sustainable water solutions provider, Nubian, is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Porter to the role of CEO. Barry comes to Nubian with a wealth of leadership experience, having defined and led successful performance transformations across industry sectors including financial and professional services, FMCG, retail and technology companies. He is tasked with raising the company's profile in the water sustainability solutions arena focusing on Nubian's technology and delivery to capture market share. Chairman of Nubian, Gary Zamel, said, "We are delighted to have Barry on board. He is a highly regarded executive with global management and sales experience. Barry will be responsible for cementing our strong footprint in Australia and expanding our global presence, where we are already delivering solutions to the Middle East and are about to enter the North American market." Barry was previously Executive Director of Client Services in Australia and New Zealand for Hudson Recruitment and was Managing Director of private consulting group Quantum Shift. Savewater Alliance to Host 2011 Prime Minister's Water Wise Award The Savewater! Alliance will manage and host the 2011 Prime Minister's Water Wise Award as part of its Savewater! Awards program, on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The Prime Minister's Water Wise Award recognises water efficiency excellence by commercial and industrial water users in Australia. "We are honoured to administer the nomination and judging process for the Prime Minister's Water Wise Award alongside our own awards program, and encourage entries from across Australia," said Mr Nigel Finney, CEO of Savewater. The Prime Minister's Water Wise Award specifically recognises water saving commitment within the commercial and industrial sectors, which typically accounts for between 15 and 20 per cent of all water used in Australia. The Savewater! Awards® has eight categories open for entries, including Australian Achiever; Business; Community Groups; Educational Institutions; Government; Photographic Award; Product Innovations; and Water Utilities. Entries for the 2011 Prime Minister's Water Wise Award and the Savewater! Awards close on 8 August, 2011. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held in Melbourne in November. To enter, please visit: www.savewater.com.au Nestlé wins the Stockholm Industry Water Award Nestlé has been named the winner of the Stockholm Industry Water Award for its leadership and performance to improve water management in its internal operations and throughout its supply chain. The Award Committee also acknowledged Nestlé's work to improve the water management of its suppliers, which includes over 25 million people in its entire value chain. Nestlé employs 1000 agronomists and water experts who work directly with farmers to help them reduce their water requirements, increase crop yields and minimise pollution. In 2009--2010, Nestlé provided expert training and technical support for 300,000 farmers and the company continues to collaborate with other food industry leaders to establish best practice and guidelines for sustainable water use at a farm level. The honorary award will be presented to P. Brabeck- Letmathe, chairman of Nestlé SA, at a ceremony on 24 August during 2011 World Water Week in Stockholm. Barry Porter The Savewater! Awards is now in its ninth year of operation.
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