Water Journal : Water Journal August 2014
WATER AUGUST 2014 10 CrossCurrent Queensland irrigators in unsupplemented water areas could save up to $120 a year by reading their own water meters as part of a new Queensland Government initiative. Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, said the statewide roll out of self-reading of water meters would mid-2014. Queensland's Energy and Water Ombudsman has been reappointed for another three years. Energy and Water Supply Minister, Mark McArdle, said Mr Forbes Smith would lead the Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland through another term to July 2017. "Mr Smith will continue to provide free and independent dispute resolution services to energy customers across the State and to water customers in south-east Queensland," Mr McArdle said. Victoria Simon Want has resigned as Head of Of ce at the Of ce of Living Victoria. His departure comes shortly after the resignation of the OLV's Chief Executive Mike Waller. The OLV has been the subject of a long-running Ombudsman's probe amid concerns about its use of taxpayer funds and alleged breaches of the state's procurement rules to hire staff and consultants. The Napthine government recently abolished the OLV's status as a stand-alone agency and has brought it under the control of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries. The Victorian Coalition Government has introduced to Parliament a new Water Act that it says will streamline Victoria's water laws, strengthen environmental water protection and safeguard the rights of water users. "The new Act will consolidate Victoria's Water Act 1989 and the Water Industry Act 1994 into a single piece of legislation, and has been been drafted following comprehensive review of these Acts as well as extensive stakeholder and community consultation," Minister Walsh said. South Australia The Essential Services Commission of South Australia has released its Draft Inquiry Report into reform options for SA Water's Drinking Water and Sewerage Prices. The Commission welcomes comment from interested parties on the draft ndings and recommendations, which are required by 10 September 2014. A number of public forums are being held to explain the draft ndings and recommendations. Interested parties can register at www.escosa.sa.gov.au. Productivity, employment prospects and economic diversi cation in River Murray communities have been given a $17.5 million boost via two funding programs as part of the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and SA Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said the funding would be focused on regional economic development. Mr Brock said funded projects would achieve strong, innovative communities and a productive economy with a bright future in food and wine production. Western Australia Water Corporation has replaced a 5.8 km section of the historic Gold elds Pipeline near Meckering to provide a more secure water supply for residents. The $14.6m project involved replacing a section of the original dual pipeline with a single pipeline buried beneath the ground. The original 557km pipeline was built in 1903 to transport water from Mundaring to Kalgoorlie. Today it feeds into a network of 8,000km of pipes, supplying drinking water to more than 100,000 people. Hyden residents will soon have access to an innovative wastewater disposal system that will reduce the potential health and environmental impacts associated with septic tanks. Water Minister, Mia Davies, visited a home being connected to the state's rst Septic Tank Ef uent Disposal (STED) system -- a $5.8 million scheme made possible with $4.89 million from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program. Member News Victorian Minister for Water Peter Walsh has announced the appointment of a new director to the Coliban Water Board -- David Richardson, Chief Executive Of cer of Strategem. Mr Walsh thanked outgoing Director Andrew Skewes for his service to Coliban Water. Hydro ux has signed an exclusive agency agreement with Flootech Oy of Finland for their advanced MBBR technology. The technology represents state of the art bio-process solution to both industrial and municipal wastewater applications. Suez Environnement, through its subsidiary Degrémont, has completed the acquisition of Process Group. Based in Melbourne, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, Process Group specialises in engineering, design, fabrication, commissioning of equipment for the global oil and gas industry. Founded in 1978, the company has 120 employees and achieved an annual turnover of about 60 million euros. Beca has appointed James Prothero as Business Director, Water and Environment. James is based in Sydney, with a business wide responsibility to expand its services and client offering within the water sector and develop strategies to grow Beca's market share. Veolia Water Australia has been awarded a contract to operate and maintain Hunter Water's 25 treatment plants. The $279 million contract is the largest ever awarded by Hunter Water and comes after a 12-month tender process overseen by independent procurement specialists to ensure the integrity of the process. TRILITY has announced its appointment as operator of four water treatment plants in regional Victoria. TRILITY will operate the plants for the next 13 years in conjunction with the plants' new owner, AMP Capital, under an existing 25-year agreement with the Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMW) in western Victoria.
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