Water Journal : Water Journal November 2013
WATER NOVEMBER 2013 30 AWA News ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WATER SCHOOL CURRICULUM RESOURCE? In celebration of the release of their online units, the Australian Academy of Science has decided to release its Science by Doing: Enough Water Fit for Drinking and Doing Science Investigations in hard copy at no cost (other than postage and handling) until present stocks run out. For more information please visit the Science by Doing website at science.org.au/sciencebydoing/. This is just one of the many resources that has been quality assured by A W A's Australian Curriculum Water Project through its audit process. For more information or to subscribe, please visit the AWA website. BRANCH NEWS QLD Central Queensland (CQ) Technical Seminar On Wednesday 31 July, Fitzroy River Water (part of Rockhampton Regional Council) hosted AWA's inaugural CQ Technical Seminar. The event was attended by approximately 20 delegates and was timed to coincide with the Qldwater Central Queensland mini-conference in Rockhampton the following day. AWA is appreciative of the support from Qldwater in helping coordinate the two events. Delegates from Rockhampton, Mackay, Biloela, Gladstone and SEQ joined the seminar and were treated to an excellent program of speakers with a particular focus on energy usage in wastewater treatment: • Cameron Staib from MWH discussed "Driving Energy Ef ciency and Reducing Operating Costs at WWTPs". Cameron outlined the connection between technical optimisation opportunities, risk appetite and human behaviour in identifying opportunities, committing to them, implementing them and making bene ts stick. • Simon McKenzie from Tenix presented on the "Whitsunday STPs Upgrade Project" with a focus on the application of Infrastructure Sustainability Rating. • Ian Kikkert from the Water and Carbon Group gave a talk on "Low Energy Integrated Infrastructure Solutions". His talk highlighted the use of ecological infrastructure (such as high-density treatment wetlands) as part of an overall treatment solution. The group also viewed a recorded Technical Program event from earlier in the year on "Infrastructure Delivery Models". AWA hopes to establish a semi-regular group meeting in the CQ Region to discuss both local, state wide and broader technical content. Evan Davison from Fitzroy River Water has kindly offered to help coordinate future events in the region so if you have any feedback or ideas please drop Evan an email on email@example.com. Part of the Queensland Branch Committee's focus for 2013/14 will be to follow on from the success of our Technical Program and conferences in SEQ and NQ with the delivery of more value for members in other regional areas. Kevin Flanagan from Toowoomba RC is coordinating this effort so please feel free to drop him a note on Kevin.Flanagan@toowoombaRC.qld.gov.au with suggestions. North Queensland Regional Conference 2013 From 28--30 August, Townsville turned on some beautiful late winter weather to host over 100 delegates for this year's NQ Conference. Townsville Water and Townsville City Council were wonderful hosts and it was great to see momentum continuing in spite of challenging conditions around the industry. An optional site tour was hosted by Townsville Water on the afternoon before the main conference. The group reviewed the recent upgrade works at the Mt St John WWTP and Douglas WTP and there were some great discussions about the unique challenges of water and wastewater treatment in the dry tropics of NQ. Attendees also got up close and personal with the innovative team and excellent facilities at Townsville Water's laboratory hearing about the services that the lab offers. Delegates heard about a range of topics including: • The big picture of water availability across Northern Australia; • An up-to-date picture on the challenges to the health of the iconic Great Barrier Reef; • Views on opportunities and challenges of potential collaborative arrangements in NQ; • Challenges in managing fatigue in our operational workforces and in engendering a safety culture in the water industry; • Applying a strategic view to procurement to keep up with evolving requirements; • Moving beyond compliance requirements and creating useful management tools; • Demystifying some of the legal concepts relating to climatic challenges in construction and operational contracts; • How regulatory requirements are driving capital investment in treatment systems and also some of the ongoing efforts to optimise energy and chemical usage in operating plants; • The importance of getting water in the right place at the right time -- from source to customer tap. • Private sector innovations in optimising delivery and operation of infrastructure as well as building sustainability into projects. At the conference dinner attendees heard an "around the grounds" update of the big picture issues from key water directors in Cairns (Paul Utting), Townsville (Keith Parsons) and Mackay (Jason Devitt). A particular treat for those who survived the dinner festivities was the site visit to James Cook University. We met a passionate group of researchers who are using cultured algae to treat water, sequester carbon dioxide and create a mind-boggling range of commercial products. The energy of the team and the potential positive impacts of the concepts at a commercial scale were impressive. Congratulations go to the Townsville City Council and TRILITY team who won the best paper with a presentation on "Upgrading and Optimising Treatment Plants", which covered both collaborative delivery models as well as technical optimisation concepts. A big thanks must go to all sponsors and exhibitors and to Sharon Ible and the organising committee for their hard work.
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