Water Journal : Water Journal May 2014
25 AWA News MAY 2014 WATER BIOSOLIDS AND SOURCE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE The AWA Biosolids and Source Management Conference will take place from 25--27 June in Melbourne. The conference will consider the wastewater treatment process as a whole and explore how in uent contaminants may reduce outlets for the bene cial use of biosolids. Understanding the whole life cycle of the system, and the potential issues that can arise, is essential to not only treatment, but also eventual management of solids. AWA believes Source Management and biosolids go hand-in- hand to achieve an integrated solution, and connecting these conferences together will enable experts to explore both areas and link them together. View the full program and register online at www.awa.asn.au/bsmconference 2014 NATIONAL OPERATORS CONFERENCE With the tightening of funds for water operations nationally, it is imperative that we innovate and optimise the way we work like never before. This will ensure we continue to provide the best value for money for our customers, while not reducing our quality standards. With the 2014 National Operators Conference being held in Cairns, and the mounting damage of the nearby Great Barrier Reef as a reminder, we are taking a strong focus on the environmental obligation in the sustainability of our operations. As emerging industries come to fruition, such as mining, agribusiness and tourism, we need to ensure that future national prosperity is balanced carefully with sustainable water usage and environmental protection. The National Operators Conference will be held from 28--30 October. For an overview of the themes, or to register, please visit www.awa.asn.au/operators2014. Registrations open in July. AWA MASTER CLASS -- TROUBLESHOOTING RISK IN WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT This Master Class will take place at the Harbourview Hotel in North Sydney from 28--29 May. The class will focus on how risks to the health and safety of water supply be best controlled. Currently health-based microbial and chemical measures of risk tolerance called DALYs are increasingly used to underpin water quality guidelines for both drinking water and recycled water. Delivered by some of Australia's top water quality and risk scientists, this Master Class will look in-depth at the concept of risk, the nature of hazards, critical control points and DALYs. Visit www.awa.asn.au/riskmgmt for the full program and to register. WATER IN MINING AND ENERGY REGULATION BRIEFING This evening brie ng will address pertinent changes in the regulations regarding water management in the resources sector. You will hear regulatory perspectives and legal overviews on relevant federal and state legislation, followed by an opportunity to network over drinks and canapés. The dates for the brie ng are: Melbourne, 4 June 2014; Brisbane, 17 June 2014; and Perth, 25 June 2014. Please go to the AWA website to register. IWES GOLD COAST IWES is running at the Gold Coast throughout the week of 14--18 July 2014. It will feature an extensive program of courses in water, wastewater and environmental management. IWES is the largest and most successful continuing education program for professionals responsible for industry environmental performance in Australia. Courses are taught by leading industry practitioners and designed to keep busy professionals abreast of the latest trends, technologies and practices. For detailed course information and to download the brochure and registration form, please visit the website www.iwes.com.au BRANCH NEWS QUEENSLAND 30-YEAR WATER STRATEGY PRESENTATION At the recent AWA Breakfast in Brisbane, the Hon Mark McArdle, Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply, gave a presentation on the state's '30-Year Water Strategy'. Following are notes and commentary on the presentation by Branch Committee Member David Nixon. Strategy The 30-Year Water Strategy is aimed at providing a blueprint with a clear vision for the Water Industry moving forward. It is intended that it will be renewed every ve years and all identi ed actions will be reported to the public on a six-monthly basis. It is currently being aligned with the draft State Plan and is expected to be released shortly with a consultation period, before coming into effect in July this year. Growth The Queensland State Plan calls for an increase in population of 3M people over the next 30 years, with 50% of that increase occurring outside of South-East Queensland. This will not be sustainable for the water sector. The growth rates can be achieved, but the majority of the growth will need to occur in the current SE, where the water infrastructure has been developed and substantial capacity exists. To provide for this level of growth outside the existing SE would require substantial investment by the regional water service providers, which would not be economically sustainable without government support.
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