Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
awa news and the Victorian bushfires. Graham then ran the audience through the extensive preparation that Aqwest is undertaking to ensure business continuity in case of a major disruption. Elise Paskett, the Water Corporation's project manager for the Margaret River Water Smart Project -- winner of the 2010 AWA Program Innovation Award -- explained the Corporation's initiatives in water efficiency that are helping to address the water supply pressures in Western Australia's drying climate, which is combined with rapid population growth. Elise took us through the journey of changing the way we use water in a vibrant, highly informative and comprehensive presentation. Matt Walsh, a founding director of Engineers Without Borders Australia, is currently working to help build world- class sustainable cities. Matt presented, with great humour, the concepts that today's planners and engineers are facing to ensure the future of our cities. Matt presented several case studies, such as the Grocon Pixel Building and Council House 2 in Melbourne -- both with design that incorporates rainwater harvesting, on-site black and greywater treatment and other innovative features. 2011 WA Water Award Nominations Open The 2011 AWA WA Water Awards, presented by the Department of Water and the Water Corporation, are now open to individuals and organisations that have shown innovation, leadership and achievement across a range of water industry activities. The categories are: • Conservation and Efficiency • Water Innovation • Water Recycling • Water Resource Management • Waterwise Business • Waterwise Council • Waterwise School • Waterwise Specialist • Program Innovation • Infrastructure Innovation • Water Professional • Young Water Professional. Nominations close on Friday, 2 September, 2011 and winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 25 November, 2011. Winners will automatically be entered into the 2011 AWA National Award category. For more information, or to submit a nomination, visit the Australia Water Awards website at: www.awa.asn.au/awards/wa Tasmania Branch News Taswater'11 Tasmania's Annual Conference, Taswater'11, was an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of water and sewerage reform, explore the latest scientific studies of freshwater flows and floods in our catchments, and learn about new initiatives in stormwater management. The new water authorities are investigating the feasibility of a long list of upgrades to sewerage treatment plants to meet emission standards, while also grappling with the pressure to keep prices down. What will the community be willing to pay to protect delicate estuarine ecosystems? Which of the many small rural towns in Tasmania should receive water and sewerage supplies? How will cross-subsidies be removed? Can infrastucture investment be strategic without a state-wide infrastructure plan? Speakers, Ben Goodsir (DPIPWE), Lance Stapleton (Southern Water), David Dettrick (SKM) and Greg Waters (Engineers Australia) gave the delegates some insight as to how these issues are being considered from different agencies. When the keynote speaker was grounded in Canberra by the Chilean ash cloud, some improvisation was required. Andrew Speers, AWA National Policy Manager, provided an impromptu briefing on the National Productivity Commission Report on Urban Water that set the scene for a panel session. A panel was Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions.
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