Water Journal : Water Journal December 2013
DECEMBER 2013 WATER 21 Industry News This market-entry strategy has been the cornerstone for this company to develop and sell its own products in the US and set up its own distribution channels. The program has also allowed another Australian-owned company to scope potential resellers in the US, undertake market analysis, conduct interviews with shortlisted companies and arrange one-on-one meetings with potential resellers. As part of the ongoing support for the program, ICN has over 29 projects listed under the USA SAMP program, with more than 80 companies registering their interest to date. A targeted mission is being planned in early 2014 for companies that have registered their interest and are looking to access these opportunities. If you're a major project developer, ICN can put you in contact with the best suppliers. If you're a supplier we will connect you with the best projects for your business. All opportunities for the US SAMP program are available on the ICN Water Directory at water.icn.org.au. WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL 2013 SAVEWATER!® PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Four winners have been selected from more than 3,700 entries from over 90 countries in the International 2013 savewater!® Photographic Competition. An independent judging panel selected one winner and one runner-up from each of the three categories in the competition: Junior Students (up to 12 years old), Senior Students (13--17 years old), and Open. An additional winner and runner-up were awarded by a people's choice vote, which took place on Facebook. Nigel Finney, CEO of the savewater!® Alliance, believes that the messages captured in the winners' images will act as a reminder to people around the world that water is one of our most valuable and precious resources. "The winning photograph in the Open category by Kumar Bishwajit shows the desperation of searching for water in a scorched dry land -- this is just one of the many compelling stories we have seen from this competition," he said. Winners' and nalists' entries can be viewed online at www. savewater.com.au. AGEING WATER ASSETS IN MELBOURNE TO BE RENEWED Black & Veatch, in a joint venture with Thiess, has been named as one of two preferred Service Providers for the next phase of capital investments by Melbourne Water. The Service Providers will bid for a proposed $500 million worth of projects from a broader capital program, known as Water Plan 3. The program focuses on renewing and upgrading assets throughout Melbourne Water's portfolio. "We are seeing an increased focus by water utilities throughout the world to extend the lifecycle of their assets," said James Currie, Managing Director of Black & Veatch in Australia. "The program of improvements is signi cant and represents a concerted effort to deliver long-term value for Melbourne Water customers." The three-year framework agreement that has been put in place is also designed to deliver the works more effectively. The approach allows Melbourne Water to deliver multiple small- to mid-scale projects competitively and ef ciently. The terms of the framework agreement can be extended for a further seven years. LOCAL PROJECT WINS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE An integrated water project servicing the towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy has been recognised by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia, Queensland division (IPWEAQ) for excellence in design and construction. The Agnes Water Seventeen Seventy Integrated Water Project was awarded the IPWEAQ Excellence Award for Design and Construction of a private/government project over $10 million at the recent IPWEAQ State Conference. The project was initiated by the Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) to provide long-term water solutions for the townships by reducing reliance on local bores for drinking water. The scheme was instigated in 2008 by way of a 10-year design, build and operate contract with Australian water utility TRILITY to speci cally address the issue of dwindling water supplies in both towns. "The Council recognised that without a reliable, long-term potable water supply, the towns would face signi cant consequences for development, employment and lifestyle of local residents," TRILITY Managing Director Francois Gouws said. "Located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the area's tourism industry would also be affected, delivering a signi cant economic blow to the region. A fully designed and constructed solution by TRILITY was necessary for long-term water security." It was decided that constructing a desalination plant and combining it with wastewater treatment capabilities offered the best whole-of-life cost solution with minimal impacts on the community and environment. TRILITY was awarded the $40 million contract to deliver the project, which involved completing capital works and delivering ongoing operations and maintenance across the facilities. The winning photograph by Kumar Bishwajit.
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