Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
WATER AUGUST 2013 12 CrossCurrent Tasmania Tenders to construct the $28 million Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme have been awarded by Tasmanian Irrigation to three Tasmanian companies. The scheme will construct an earthen dam, 40km of underground pipeline and two pump stations for farmland irrigation in Tasmania's northeast. South Australia Major trenching work for a $17 million pipeline project to deliver secure water supplies to the Port Wake eld region and the Yorke Peninsula has begun. Minister for Water Ian Hunter says the pipeline project is a signi cant investment in the state's northern region and will deliver job opportunities through on-farm and support roles in the animal industry, the retail trade and food services sector, and ow-on employment through suppliers, transport and equipment. Western Australia With funding from the National Centre of Excellence in desalination, Edith Cowan University researchers are developing a cost-effective water quality sensor using bre optic nano technology. The thin, real-time monitoring sensor will be able to provide early warning of membrane fouling in desalination plants. Households in Perth and south-west WA must start drinking recycled water within three years or be prepared to pay $1 billion for a third desalination plant within a decade. In comments that put the State Government on notice over Perth's next major drinking water source, the Water Corporation said there were limited options in meeting growing demand, given Perth's rapidly drying climate. A $29 million pipeline linking Manjimup Dam to the Bridgetown Regional Water Supply Scheme (BRWSS) has been completed and will secure the area's water supply. Construction of the connecting 49km pipeline began in 2012 after long periods of dry conditions left local water storage levels at an historic low. The pipeline has the capacity to deliver up to 4ML/d of water to Manjimup Dam if required. Queensland Veolia Water has established a meter testing and repair laboratory building, the Water Meter Unit, based in Eagle Farm, Queensland. The laboratory is fully equipped to test the accuracy of all types of water meters to comply with Australian standard or other speci c requirements. The new unit marks a milestone in the development of smart water services offered by Veolia Water. Unitywater will save close to half-a-million dollars in chemical costs and signi cantly improve its operational ef ciency, thanks to an innovative approach to producing Magnesium Hydroxide Liquid (MHL) using recycled water. Over one million litres of MHL, also known as 'Milk of Magnesia', is added to raw sewage by Unitywater each year to reduce odour and protect underground assets against corrosion. A panel looking into the management of Western Queensland rivers has recommended there be no increase to water allocations for the Cooper Creek, Georgina and Diamantina river catchments. The Western Rivers Advisory Panel is made up of 11 members including representatives from AgForce, local government and the resources sector. The ndings from the panel will help the State Government make changes to legislation governing wild rivers. The Queensland Government's plans for shale gas in Queensland threaten groundwater supplies, including the Lake Eyre Basin, say the Australian Greens. "Queenslanders will rally against this latest onslaught to our agricultural industry, regional communities and the environment by the Newman Government," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said. Member News Neil Aldum from Water Corporation WA has won a $1000 Flight Centre voucher for completing the State of the Water Sector Survey. AWA and Deloitte thank all 1500+ respondents for taking the time to complete the survey. The 2013 State of the Water Sector Report will be released at the National Water Leadership Summit in late October. DSEWPC has invited input on the Draft signi cant impact guidelines: Coal seam gas and large coal mining developments -- impacts on water resources. You can have your say on the 'water trigger' bill by visiting www.environment.gov.au/epbc/about/water-trigger.html AECOM has appointed Adrian Vlok as Business Development Manager -- Water and Infrastructure Services. With over 20 years' experience across Australia in the elds of project feasibility and approvals in the water, infrastructure, transport and oil and gas sector, Adrian has a reputation for achieving client outcomes on complex, controversial and challenging projects. He is particularly interested in exploring how technology and knowledge can be applied to improve performance, ef ciency and help clients adapt to change. Pentair Water Solutions has struck an alliance with Saint-Gobain PAM for the sale and distribution of PAM's ductile iron pipeline products by Pentair to customers throughout Australasia. The Alliance will mean signi cant bene ts for the water industry including short lead times, new products and technical support for customers through the extensive experience of both companies. Dr Amit Chanan, State Water's Executive Manager Operations, has been awarded the 2013 Winston Churchill Fellowship. Under the fellowship, Dr Chanan will visit major dam owners in the US, Canada, UK and Germany to study dam operating procedures for major gated dams. The study will particularly look at the role of pre-releasing during oods, regulatory framework and stakeholder engagement.
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