Water Journal : Water Journal August 2013
41 Ozwater Report factor was adoption of Electrodialysis Reversal (EDR) treatment technology, which is simpler, more robust and more forgiving of variable feed water quality than the more widely known Reverse Osmosis process. CLOSING CEREMONY Ozwater generally gets a bit nostalgic at the end, as delegates re ect on the event, part with new and old friends, and leadership transition is celebrated. Outgoing President Lucia Cade presided, introducing closing keynote speaker Chloe Munro. Ms Munro, the CEO of the Clean Energy Regulator, said that no two commodities are more critical to economic, social and environmental well-being than energy and water. These resources are intimately connected with each other and with the risk of climate change. The Clean Energy Regulator administers a range of measures, including the carbon pricing mechanism and the Renewable Energy Target, to reduce carbon emissions and increase investment in renewable energy. Nationally, Australia has had some success in taking a cohesive approach to the way water is managed, measured, planned for, priced and traded. As the water industry adapts to the risk of increased climate variability and patterns of energy production and consumption change to mitigate climate risk, might the water industry become more energy intensive and the energy sector make a greater call on scarce water resources? National President of AWA's Young Water Professionals, Jo Greene, took to the podium to give an overview of the conference. Ms Green noted that there were more than 125 papers presented, divisible into key themes: • What we do today will resonate to the next generation and shape society; • Increasing water consumption in a constrained market is driving innovation and optimisation across all areas; • Cooperation and collaboration within the water industry, with the community, with legislators, and all other key stakeholders is crucial; • Commitment, trust and transparency – public trust will be vital to our ability to implement many of the alternative water supply solutions that have been proposed. The Michael Flynn Awards, for best paper, were presented to Andrew Watkinson (platform) and Thomas Ransome (poster). Sue Murphy re ected on Ozwater'13 and introduced Dr Helen Stratton, Chairman of Ozwater'14, which will take place in Brisbane from 29 April to 1 May next year. Helen announced that the tagline for Ozwater'14 will be 'Water for Everyone'. Outgoing President Lucia Cade told delegates how much she had enjoyed her two-year stint in the role, before handing the ceremonial gavel to incoming President Graham Dooley. Graham's roots in AWWA/AWA go back many years and he brings a deep knowledge of the history and culture of the Association. He thanked Lucia for her contribution and wished everyone a safe trip home.
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