Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
24 Industry News REGIONAL GRANTS INITIATIVE OPENS NEW ROUND OF FUNDING After an overwhelming response in its rst year, an initiative that bene ts regional Australia today has opened a new round of cash grants for community groups with water on their minds. The Philmac Project will provide individual cash grants of up to $5000 to local organisations wanting to carry out water-related projects that bene t rural and regional communities. The funding scheme is the initiative of leading Australian manufacturer Philmac, which has been designing, manufacturing and distributing ttings and valves for polyethylene pipes in Australia for more than 80 years. "We launched The Philmac Project last year as a way of giving something back to the rural communities that have stood by us over the years, despite challenging times both for rural water users and local manufacturers," said Philmac Managing Director, Mark Nykiel. "Judging by the extraordinary response, stretching from outback Queensland and the Northern Territory to southern Tasmania, it met a signi cant need, particularly in smaller communities, so we have decided to offer another round of grants this year. Applying for a grant is easy. Submissions are made online via either the Philmac website or a dedicated Facebook page, using a simple application form that asks a few basic questions about the intended project. The submissions will then be posted on both Facebook and the website so that people can show support for the projects by voting. The ve projects in each region that attract the most votes will be short-listed for nal judging by an expert panel. To qualify, a project must be located in a regional area, and the work has to be completed within 12 months of the start date. Applicants can lodge submissions online until December 20, 2013, however the sooner the application is made the more time they have to generate votes. For more information and to make a submission please visit www.facebook.com/PhilmacAustralia or www.philmac. com.au/PhilmacProject USING WASTE SEASHELLS TO SOLVE WASTEWATER PROBLEM The thousands of tonnes of waste seashells created by the edible seafood sector are being put to use by the University of Bath in a new wastewater cleaning project. Dr Darrell Patterson, from the University's Department of Chemical Engineering, used waste mussel shells to create a cheaper and more environmentally friendly way of 'polishing' wastewater, which could be used to remove unwanted substances such as hormones, pharmaceuticals or fertilisers. Traditional wastewater treatment broadly takes three stages. The rst involves the removal of any solids and oils, the second lters the water and degrades the biological content of the sewage, which is derived from human waste, food waste, soaps and detergent. Philmac Managing Director, Mark Nykiel. Find out more about our holistic ethos at From the latest system modelling technology, to rigorous in-the-field steady state and surge pressure testing onestoneconsulting.com.au or call (08) 6161 2361 Whether you have a new pipeline system design on the table, or an existing system that's under-performing or being subjected to excessive water hammer pressure surges, you need an accurate picture before you can optimise performance. At OneStone, our whole-of-system approach provides just that, minimising risk and maximising opportunities.
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