Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 8CrossCurrent International The Stockholm International Water Institute has named renowned sanitation innovator Dr Peter Morgan the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, with pioneers of drip irrigation, Neta m, winning the 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award. Dr Morgan has developed a low-cost and practical solution to provide access to safe sanitation and clean water for millions of people worldwide. New studies suggest injecting water for geothermal power or fraccing can lead to larger earthquakes than previously thought. Pumping water underground at geothermal power plants can lead to dangerous earthquakes even in regions not prone to tremors, according to scientists. They say that quake risk should be factored into decisions about where to site geothermal plants and other drilling rigs where water is pumped underground -- for example, in shale gas fracking. Scientists from Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, are applying their knowledge in trans-boundary river basin management to improve the livelihoods of people living in some of the poorest parts of Asia. CSIRO and its partners have begun work in the Koshi River Basin, which stretches from China across the Himalayas through Nepal and discharges into the Ganges River in India. The Koshi Basin is home to millions of people who rely on its fertile oodplains for their livelihoods. National MWH Global has commissioned research to examine what Australians want from the cities they live in both now and in the future, to investigate attitudes towards water infrastructure. The survey, of more than 1000 people, found that water was ranked as the most important infrastructure need in choosing where to live, followed by electricity and roads. The Australian Greens have rebuked the Prime Minister for suggesting coal seam gas could help lower electricity prices in Australia. "Extracting more gas won't reduce its price any more than digging up more gold reduces the gold price," said Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne. "Kevin Rudd is confused by the basics on coal seam gas in Australia. Increased production will have zero impact on electricity prices because the industry is geared up to export it out of Queensland." The Hon Mark Butler MP has replaced The Hon Tony Burke MP as Minister for Climate Change and Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water. The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP will remain as Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water. Minister Burke has been a strong supporter of AWA and we wish him well with his new portfolio. AWA congratulates Minister Butler on his appointment and looks forward to working together to ensure water stays on top of the political agenda. The National Water Commission has released the Australian water markets trends and drivers 2007--08 to 2011--12. The report provides an overview of the geographical location of markets and trading mechanisms, analyses trends in volumes and prices of entitlement and allocation trades, with national, southern Murray--Darling Basin (MDB), northern MDB, and outside-MDB analyses, and analyses the key market drivers. A shift from coal- red to gas- red power generation will not signi cantly lower carbon dioxide emissions, new research by the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland has found. Energy economics researcher, Professor John Foster, said the modelling indicated that a transition to gas- red generation reduced emissions only marginally, and that wholesale prices would be higher than with a renewable energy option. Connecting rivers to oodplains, boosting river and wetland health and improving habitat will be some of the key areas Murray-- Darling Basin environmental water managers will focus on over the next 12 months. MDBA Executive Director Jody Swirepik said the annual watering priorities are the rst set to be developed under the Basin Plan, and identi ed a list of sites and natural processes to guide environmental watering activities across the basin. Seven brands of so-called organic water can no longer be labelled as such, because water cannot be organic, says the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Active Organic, Lithgow Valley Springs Organic, Nature's Best Organic, Organic Australia, Organic Falls, Organic Nature's Best and Organic Spring have all decided to change their name after negotiations with the ACCC to avoid enforcement action. New South Wales Sydney Water is investing $50,000 to renew water mains in Mays Hill to ensure a reliable local water supply. Sydney Water's Managing Director, Kevin Young, said the investment is part of a broader $177.3 million spend across Sydney Water's water distribution systems and sewer networks for 2012--13. A survey of more than 200 farmers in the Namoi Catchment, conducted by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, has found two-thirds of respondents support the idea of storing surplus water from large oods underground. The process, called water banking, can potentially be used to recharge depleted water aquifers. Thanks to a new Sydney Water grant and matching funding from the City of Sydney, the Smart Green Business program will target 200 businesses to implement easy water, waste and energy strategies that offer collective savings of $2 million each year by adopting some simple green habits and actions. "By 2030, we aim to reduce water use by 10 per cent and carbon pollution by 70 per cent," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
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