Water Journal : Water Journal December 2013
WATER DECEMBER 2013 92 Water Business reliable water use benchmarks. Access to the website is free and any business or organisation can calculate their own benchmark and compare their water use to that of similar businesses. Data gathered from thousands of water uses has created benchmarks for a range of sectors including hospitals, swimming pools, hotels, caravan parks, schools, shopping centres, dairy farming and various manufacturing activities. Lorraine Nelson, Manager Sustainable Water Use, South East Water and Project Manager for NBweb, says the website will help businesses understand their water use by enabling them to compare their water use with other similar businesses. Lorraine adds that water suppliers from around Australia have made this project possible by providing nancial support, staff time and data. Development of the website was led by South East Water with assistance from City West Water and SA Water. Funding was provided by the project partners and the Smart Water Fund. Other partners include: The Australian Water Association (AWA); Barwon Water (Victoria); Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) (Victoria); Hunter Water (New South Wales); Power and Water Corporation (Northern Territory); Sydney Water (New South Wales); Water Corporation (Western Australia); Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA); Western Water (Victoria); and Yarra Valley Water (Victoria). Benefits of benchmarking Business Bene ts • Benchmarks enable businesses to compare their water use with other like businesses; • Businesses can use the NBweb website to calculate their own business benchmark; • Benchmarking enables businesses to better understand their own water use; • Engage with established best practice water use guidelines for business sectors. Water Supplier Bene ts • An agreed benchmark framework across a range of business sectors; • Knowledge to assist business customers improve their water ef ciency; • Having a tool to assist water resource planning; • Saving costs through resource sharing between partner organisations. Project Manager Lorraine Nelson encourages all water suppliers to participate. See www.nbweb.com.au for more information. FIGHT AGAINST FIRE Fire is terrifying in its speed and ferocity and ' ries' need every weapon they can get. Aussie Pumps' new "Water Wall" adds a new dimension to re- ghting and personal protection. The Aussie Water Wall creates a 300m2, 12--15m high wall of water jets from just one hose. The effect of such a concentrated impact can be used to stop re in its tracks or isolate a dangerous situation. "The applications for this new technology are endless," said Aussie Product Manager, Brad Farrugia. "We've seen it used in applications from creating rebreaks to chemical control." The Aussie Smart Hose is designed to be used in containment situations. It can prevent res spreading by creating a rebreak, and can protect adjacent sensitive environments from heat damage. It can also be used in an isolating capacity in applications like fuel and hazmat re lling work or decontamination. The necessity of keeping personnel out of harm's way in these situations is critical. "One Water Wall can deliver a water safety barrier into a high-risk situation," explained Farrugia, "This not only protects operators but allows human resources to be deployed more ef ciently," he claimed. Water Wall can also be used to deliver extinguishing and wetting agents, disinfectant and other chemicals. Jetting vapours and liquids can assist in the absorption of hazardous heavy gases. Chemicals can be introduced to the watermist to neutralise a dangerous environment. The Water Wall consists of 20m of 75mm Dura ex hose with 25 high-grade steel, interchangeable, nozzles. The weight is 16kg and it is exible enough for rough terrain, including steps and rugged bushland. Sections can be locked together for extended coverage. Counter pressure generated by the nozzles prevents twisting so the hose is self-stabilising. The water can be jetted horizontally or vertically and jets can be sealed off using dummy plugs. Water capacity is up to 1550 lpm depending on the pressure available and the nozzles used. Storz couplings are optional. "Water Wall has had a lot of attention from re- ghters already," said Farrugia, "and we expect the mining and oil and gas sector, chemical and other industries to be interested." Water Wall is ideally suited for use with high pressure/high ow pumps such as Aussie Fire Chief or Mr T re- ghters. The Fire Chief has a maximum ow of 450 lpm and head of up to 75m (107psi). Aussie Mr T has maximum ow of 450 lpm and max head of 90m (128psi). The Aussie Smart Hose is part of Australian Pump Industries' re- ghting and safety range. For more information on these and other Aussie products please call 02 8865 3350 or visit www.aussiepumps.com.au. Acromet 27 Aquatec Maxcon 7 Brown Brothers 90 Codesafe 88 CRS BC Hach Paci c 24 ICN -- International Capability Network 91 James Cummings 87 Mears 31 Pentair IFC Projex Group 91 Quantum Filtration 89 Schneider Electric 9 Smith & Loveless 15 Sydney Water 32 Tenix 8 Trans eld 13 Water Infrastructure Group 55 Xylem 5 Zetco IBC Advertisers Index Aussie Pumps' "Water Wall" isolates a dangerous re or chemical spill without jeopardising personnel.
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