Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
WATER NOVEMBER 2013 20 Industry News Directed by Ms Courtney and presented by climate journalist and adventurer Bernice Notenboom, The Tipping Points embraces commentary from leading climate scientists surveying the complexity of the major tipping points, where and how they are changing and the effects this will have on our current climate system and weather patterns around the globe. From the canopies of the Amazon to the ice sheets of the High Arctic, these climate specialists chase answers to behavioural patterns of tipping elements in the climate system affecting our weather systems, making extreme weather scenarios more common. The series explores what is happening at the most dramatic tipping points and looks to nd answers to understand what can be done to stem the tide of change before we do irreparable damage, and ultimately put our own lives at risk. DESALINATION LEADER RE-ELECTED Gary Crisp, Global Business Leader -- Desalination at GHD, has been re-elected as a director of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for 2013--15. He is the only Australian of the 16 elected members. With 34 years of water engineering experience, Gary is currently working on Carlsbad, Huntington Beach and Camp Pendleton desalination plants in California, USA, and the Rosarito Beach plant in Mexico. Gary was instrumental in delivering Australia's rst major desalination plant in Perth, Western Australia. "There is no doubt that without desalination the city would have run out of water," he says. GHD has worked on 14 plants in the country in total, including the Big Six built to supply the major cities. "Australia's major desalination plants show the world that desalination is a sustainable solution to water shortages and climate variability," Gary says. "The plants' energy needs are offset by agreements to purchase electricity from renewable sources. The facilities also meet strict discharge and environmental monitoring requirements." Gary is also passionate about water reuse based on similar reverse osmosis technology to desalination. GHD's experience in desalination and water reuse is in demand around the world as utilities strive to secure their water supplies. The company has been involved in projects in Africa, China, India, Mexico, the Middle East and the USA. "Desalination and water reuse are a climate-independent source of water and the technology is constantly improving. Our team has extensive experience serving both urban utilities and industrial clients," Gary says. FIRST DIPLOMA OF WATER OPERATIONS IN QUEENSLAND Seqwater has partnered with South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) to develop the rst Diploma of Water Operations offered in Queensland. Chief Executive Of cer, Terri Benson, said Seqwater wanted to increase the leadership capability of its team leaders and supervisors in the water treatment and dam operations areas. "Sixteen people from a range of operational, technical and scienti c areas across Seqwater completed the diploma, which was delivered through a combination of face-to-face workshops and online learning," Ms Benson said. "Delivering the diploma course work in this way took into account the geographical spread of our business. "The diploma has strengthened the technical skills of our employees, as well as provided leadership skills for the future. It has also helped us to build more developmental pathways for our staff. Participant feedback on the course and the trainers has been very positive." The participants started the diploma in July 2012 and completed it in June 2013. The coursework was delivered through six face-to-face workshops, each taking one to two days. The online component of the diploma was used for research, to download materials for each workshop and to upload assessments. At the end of each workshop, participants completed an evaluation to enable SWSi to understand what was working well and what areas needed improvement. UNITYWATER COMPLETES PIPELINE UNDER MAROOCHY RIVER Unitywater has completed a signi cant engineering achievement, drilling an 820-metre sewerage pipeline under the Maroochy River on the Sunshine Coast. The pipeline marks the rst stage of a three-stage project that will see the closure of the Suncoast Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and the transfer of the sewage to the Maroochydore STP, which has the capacity to fully treat it. Seqwater CEO, Terri Benson, presents Bruce Fischer, Seqwater Works Coordinator, Capalaba Water Treatment Plant, with his Diploma of Water Operations.
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