Water Journal : Water Journal April 2014
WATER APRIL 2014 operators entered manually into a myriad of spreadsheets. Furthermore, the data was not secure. The spreadsheet contained 365 tabs for daily data that was then reconciled into monthly or yearly reports, allowing signi cant room for error. Spreadsheets were often corrupted, and the utility did not have a formal review and approval strategy because it was impractical in light of the volume of data and the ongoing need to run the plants. Process improvements and operational transparency The ability to verify data easily from the thousands of sources and in differing formats has improved quality assurance and quality control, and has led to insights that otherwise probably would not have been made. Using the trending function to analyse and compare information in unique ways has helped manage the activated sludge process. Having WIMS to analyse AWWU's activated sludge treatment process adds another tool to the utility's toolbox for analysing the process control of the activated sludge system for ammonia removal and ef uent turbidities. Mission support Superior data collection, visualisation and accuracy are all signi cant advantages for AWWU, providing information needed to optimise processes and more easily address compliance and reporting. But perhaps most importantly, WIMS has empowered the entire staff to focus on higher-value activities. For more information please contact Hach's local representative Arash Khorasani on +61488 443 087 or go to www.hachpaci c.com.au PARTNERSHIPS ARE THE ESSENTIAL LINK Partnerships have proven to be a vital link when it comes to recruiting, retaining and prospering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees. The Director of the Workplace Ready Program at Reconciliation Australia, Sharona Torrens, says engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a view to providing employment opportunities has many economic and social bene ts for business. According to a Deloitte Access Economics report, billions of dollars will be added to the Australian economy if Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment levels reach those of non-Indigenous Australians by 2031. Ms Torrens says the most successful Indigenous employment strategies have involved partnerships -- different companies and organisations coming together for the common cause of offering real jobs to the First Australians. One such partnership involved the amalgamation of the Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, the Victorian Plumbers Union, Cooke & Dowsett Pty Ltd and the Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Corporation to create NUDJ Plumbing, which provides employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Since it was established in 2004, NUDJ has enriched the lives of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions through plumbing apprenticeship programs with the Victorian Plumbers Union, employment with NUDJ and the provision of labour hire through Cooke & Dowsett. The Director of NUDJ, Scott Dowsett, says almost 40 Indigenous apprentices, both men and women, have undertaken the program. He says once they complete their four-year apprenticeship they can return to their remote communities as fully quali ed plumbers to improve sanitation, water management and living standards. Scott Dowsett says Cooke & Dowsett's partnership with the Plumbers Union and Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria has been instrumental in NUDJ's success. "Everyone working together for the one aim of creating employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal Australians has been the key," he said. If you need help implementing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment strategies please visit Reconciliation Australia's online toolkit at www. reconciliation.org.au/workplace The benefits of Cross-Wave at a glance: • High void ratio (95%) • Light weight and easy to install • No assembly required • Load bearing design (allowing for full use of the surface area) • Can be used for water storage, stormwater detention or aquifer recharge Make your connection Cli Cekavicius 0413 059 611 cli firstname.lastname@example.org CROSS-WAVE UNDERGROUND WATER STORAGE SOLUTIONS From left: Scott Dowsett (Cooke & Dowsett), Jono Mullins -- Indigenous Coordinator & Mentor (CEPU), Marty Sibosado (Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation) and Earl Setches (CEPU Plumbing Division).
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