Water Journal : Water Journal June 2014
Contaminants found on site are contained within large mounds across the Park that hold the material in safe storage. These mounds produce wastewater known as leachate that is collected and, until now, has been treated at an industrial waste treatment facility, an expensive process requiring the leachate to be transported off-site for treatment. The Sydney Olympic Park Authority has long sought an environmentally friendly alternative to off-site processing and is today commissioning an on-site bio-treatment process that will allow clean, effective and environmentally sound treatment of these contaminants. This natural treatment system, rst installed at Wilson Park Bioremediation Site, diverts waste by-product away from more traditional industrial treatment processes and treats contaminates sustainably on- site, using a series of wetlands that allow natural biological processes to breakdown contaminants into harmless substances. The Authority has worked closely with the NSW Environment Protection Authority to achieve a good outcome for the environment and community. The Sydney Olympic Park Authority intends rolling out the same leachate processing systems across the entire Park, resulting in long-term nancial savings and a more sustainable facility. OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN WATER MANAGEMENT FROM A LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVE When it comes to best practice water management, it's vital for decision-makers to communicate with, and be accountable to, their communities. Information sharing by councils' local water utilities, such as the data included in the annual NSW Of ce of Water's Performance Monitoring Report for NSW Water Utilities, is a great way to bolster public accountability and show the achievements of local water utilities in implementing best practice management. Those involved in the decision-making process within the water sector should ensure they stay well informed about the reforms, regulatory frameworks and challenges the industry is facing. A bene cial way to do this is through learning opportunities such as the upcoming Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Water Management Conference. This year's Conference, which takes place in Port Macquarie from 25--27 August, will cover water management and issues associated with water supply and sewerage services provided by water utilities. Planned topics of discussion include proposals to reform local water utilities in regional NSW and implications from the recommendations of the Independent Local Government Review Panel; trends in, and the ongoing reform of, the regulatory framework for water recycling, including economic feasibility and direct potable reuse; and the progress and challenges of implementing drinking water quality management frameworks in regional NSW. Professor Graham Sansom, former Chair of the Independent Local Government Review Panel, will attend the Conference as a member of a four-person panel that will discuss structural reform to local water utilities. He will also outline the Independent Local Government Review Panel's Revitalising Local Government report and its repercussions for the water management sector. The report's recommendation, that regional alliances exist as subsidiaries of Joint Organisations, and the impact this has on ownership, decision-making and governance will be a key topic. 1300 887 735 | hachpacific.com.au The DR 1900 Portable Spectrophotometer features over 220 of the most commonly tested water methods. CARRY MORE WATER METHODS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU NEED THEM MOST.
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