Water Journal : Water Journal April 2014
WATER APRIL 2014 32 Industry News In the report, Wetlands and People, researchers highlight a number of examples of the value of wetlands to poor rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and ways to manage them sustainably for current and future generations. It encourages 'wise use', as advocated by the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty on wetland conservation that has long supported a move away from the absolute protection of wetlands to an approach that integrates conservation with development. World Wetlands Day 2014 --- Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth is organised by The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. WORK BEGINS ON CLOSING TAROONA SEWAGE PLANT Work has begun to remove the Taroona Sewage Treatment Plant in Tasmania as part of a $5.2m project that will make further ground in improving water quality in the Derwent Estuary. TasWater is closing down and removing the Taroona plant due to its poor environmental performance and redirecting sewage from the area to a pump station in Sandy Bay. The current treatment plant removal phase is an investment by TasWater of $1.4m. CEO Mike Brewster said that the closure of the 40-year-old plant, which is located at the end of a residential street in Taroona, would have major bene ts for water quality in the Derwent, and for residents of Taroona. "One of TasWater's big challenges is the number of sewage treatment plants around the state which are not capable of meeting today's environmental standards," Mr Brewster said. "This has an impact on water quality in rivers and waterways around the state, so it is a high priority for TasWater and our regulators that these plants are either upgraded or removed as soon as is practicable. "The Taroona Plant has been identi ed as being one of these problem sites, so we are very pleased to be starting work on taking it of ine." Work was completed in December 2013 on a new sewer pipeline from Taroona to Sandy Bay which allows the Taroona plant to be bypassed and closed down. "As a result of this project sewage from the Taroona area will be treated to a much higher standard at the Selfs Point Treatment Plant at New Town," Mr Brewster said. "In addition to the environmental bene ts of closing this plant, the local community will also welcome the removal of the treatment plant, particularly as it is located next to a popular foreshore walking track." The removal of the treatment plant is being carried out by Shaw Contracting and is expected to be completed by mid-2014. DELIVERING PUMPING SOLUTIONS Call us to discuss your applications: Melbourne 03 9793 9999 Sydney 02 9671 3666 Brisbane 07 3200 6488 Email: email@example.com Web: www.brownbros.com.au HYDROVAR, the modern variable speed pump drive is taking pumping to a new level of flexibility and efficiency.
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