News Archive

August 2016

31 August 2016
Next gen water leadership starts with today’s research opportunities
Young Water Professionals seeking research leadership positions have been advised to do their homework, with a leading Australian water chief saying there’s plenty of opportunity for those who can identify an ...

31 August 2016
Sydney Water techs up for customer data overhaul
Sydney Water is undergoing a ‘once-in-a-generation’ IT systems overhaul and has shortlisted three potential implementation partners. The upgrade will see the utility's almost three-decade-old systems for Billing ...

30 August 2016
South Australian water allocations get another boost
Allocations rose dramatically for the majority of South Australian River Murray water access entitlement holders last month – increasing from 36% to 89%. The boost came as a result of a rise in inflows and winter ...

30 August 2016
Water recycling boom set for NSW’s south coast
Water recycling rates are tipped to double on the New South Wales south coast by late 2018, after engineering firm UGL won a $110 million Shoalhaven City Council contract. Under the contract, UGL is responsible ...

29 August 2016
New Zealand water scare highlights funding crisis
Water New Zealand’s chief has called for a $20 million government subsidy to assist councils with the cost of water treatment following the contamination of drinking water in Havelock North. A campylobacter ...

29 August 2016
New tech key to water-sensitive urban developments
Smart water tanks, onsite water treatment and innovative stormwater drainage – these are a few of the tricks the new breed of water-sensitive urban developments are deploying to slash water use. Population ...

26 August 2016
Exploring challenges in the north at upcoming NT conference
Water is the hot issue facing many scientists and engineers involved in policy, research and practice in Northern Australia. The focus on developing northern Australia and growing the northern economies ...

26 August 2016
Air-water flow research boosts water infrastructure planning
Engineers have a new tool for designing safer, longer-lasting water infrastructure, thanks to award-winning research out of the University of Queensland. Research by the School of Civil Engineering's Dr ...

26 August 2016
Water industry acquisition promises technology boost
Two of the world's leading water innovators have combined powers, gearing up the industry for a boost in water technology development. Water research and development giant Xylem has announced it ...

25 August 2016
New stormwater harvesting pilot for Victorian suburbs
There are hopes a new stormwater harvesting pilot project will deliver long-term benefits to irrigators and residents in Melbourne’s western suburbs. The pilot involves capturing and filtering up to 150ML of ...

25 August 2016
Water restrictions strategy reimagined in Townsville
Townsville Water has transformed its water restrictions strategy in a bid to achieve water security while relying on a shallow dam. An outline and analysis of this transformation formed the basis of Townsville ...

24 August 2016
NSW homes get daily water quality reports
A “world-leading” new online tool is enabling Sydney residents to generate a daily water quality report specific to their location. People living in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra region can access ...

24 August 2016
Surfers set to launch ocean plastic solution
Two Australians sick of surfing in plastic and other rubbish have invented an in-water automated marina rubbish collector they say will play a vital part in cleaning the world's oceans. Seabin Project Managing ...

23 August 2016
Funding uncertainty leaves ACT water in peril
Canberra continues to risks a “catastrophic failure” of a major drinking water catchment unless it commits to a sustainable funding model, an Australian Capital Territory review has found. The territory's Standing ...

23 August 2016
South Australia partners with India for water technology support
South Australian water professionals are set to share expertise with their Indian counterparts in a bid to secure clean water for one of the world's biggest populations. South Australia’s Water Industry Alliance ...

22 August 2016
Water utilities need to upskill to ride private capital wave
Private sector capital has shaken up how infrastructure is funded in many parts of the world but water utilities need to dramatically boost their expertise with sophisticated financial instruments or risk being left ...

22 August 2016
Aquifers possible key to greening north Australia
Failed irrigation schemes have derailed numerous plans to develop northern Australia, but Managed Aquifer Recharge may play a vital role in securing future success. Jacobs Principal Hydrogeologist Dr Richard ...

19 August 2016
New research partnership eyes crops for water security
A new ANU-CSIRO collaborative research centre aims to make discoveries in plant biological science that will benefit environmental management, crop deployment and water security. The Centre for Genomics ...

19 August 2016
Seqwater unveils hi-tech glimpse into water catchments
Seqwater has built an 'augmented reality sandbox' to teach people – young and old – how water catchments work. At a first glance, the sandbox looks like an ordinary children's play centre on a wooden table ...

18 August 2016
Tree clearing threat to Great Barrier Reef
Tree clearing in environmentally-sensitive Great Barrier Reef catchment areas is continuing at disturbingly high levels, according to new Queensland Government report. The 2014-15 Statewide Land Cover ...

18 August 2016
New approach to tackling suicide in construction
Suicide risk in Australia is high among men working in construction-related industries and the solution lies in creating stronger support networks. Mates in Construction CEO Jorgen Gullestrup, who will be ...

17 August 2016
Wet month a big boost to NSW storages
Record rainfall has boosted soil moisture and replenished storages across New South Wales, with experts predicting the wet weather will continue through spring. Department of Primary Industries Seasonal ...

17 August 2016
Water conservation efforts lead to stinky problem
Australians are using less water and recycling more than ever before but these water-saving efforts can have an odorous downside. As part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities' project - Managing interactions ...

16 August 2016
High water flows in the Snowy
The Snowy River will this week receive a high-flow environmental water release, months after the first scheduled release of the year was abandoned due to catchment flooding. New South Wales' DPI Water ...

16 August 2016
Answers demanded on cloud seeding and Tasmanian flooding
There is mounting pressure for an independent inquiry into Hydro Tasmania's cloud seeding activities prior to fatal June flooding, despite an internal report finding the flights did not increase rainfall. Farming ...

15 August 2016
Floating solar needs political power
Floating solar power generation offers a host of advantages over traditional solar, but its roll-out in Australia hinges heavily on water utilities being able to secure political buy-in to make the projects happen ...

15 August 2016
Williamtown contamination reports spur call for more testing
Confirmation of secondary PFAS contamination in groundwater near Salt Ash has prompted a request for further testing surrounding Williamtown RAAF base. Suspected carcinogenic PFAS chemicals ...

12 August 2016
Water utilities need to take on more risk to cope with changing climate
Utilities are set to tackle a variety of climate-related challenges in future but may benefit from avoiding excessive risk aversion in prospective planning, according to a leading economic consultant. SGS ...

12 August 2016
Drones monitor Darling water quality
State-of-the-art drones and sampling technology have been deployed to monitor water quality following the first release of water into the lower Darling River since mid-December 2015. Department of ...

11 August 2016
New project tackles Sydney wastewater overflow
Wet weather wastewater overflows into Sydney's Woolloomooloo Bay could be eliminated by 2020, thanks to a pipe separation project set to begin next year. The plan to upgrade Greater Sydney's last ...

11 August 2016
Flexibility key to successful flood management
We should be “betting on several horses instead of only one” when it comes to flood risk management, according to an international resilience expert. Netherlands-based William Veerbeek from ...

10 August 2016
SA debates desalination for irrigation
With calls to open the Adelaide Desalination Plant up for irrigators mounting, South Australia’s water chief has called for an evidence-based debate between varying stakeholders. SA Department of ...

10 August 2016
New collaboration brings big data to NSW water management
Some New South Wales' leaders in big data analytics are putting their heads together with the Department of Primary Industries in a bid to make better decisions about water resource management ...

9 August 2016
Tasmania ready for new ways of thinking
Tasmania’s small size and dispersed population has long created challenges for water utilities in the state but those very qualities make it an ideal proving ground for new systems and technologies ...

9 August 2016
Western Sydney lobbying for river renewal
Western Sydney lobbyists are calling for government funding to help make Sydney's Parramatta River safe for swimming by 2025. The waterway can currently be used for boating, but swimming ...

8 August 2016
New data shows extent of Murray-Darling drought
Substantial cuts to water allocations for irrigation in the Murray–Darling Basin were not enough to stop water storage levels plummeting by more than a quarter this year, as new figures show ...

8 August 2016
Australian desal demands better planning
A shortage of long-term planning has hurt the desalination industry in Australia but the technology is set to be of increasing local importance, says an international expert. The University of ...

5 August 2016
Hunter River salinity credit auction raises thousands in revenue
All 200 available salt credits have been bought in the 2016 Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme (HRSTS) credit auction, raising more than $170,000 in revenue. Launched in 2002, the scheme...

5 August 2016
Environmental water releases down due to dry catchment
Despite recent wet weather, dry conditions are expected to continue in the Murray-Darling Basin in 2016-17 and only “relatively small amounts” of environmental water will be available for release ...

4 August 2016
Ballina leads the way with recycled water use
Ballina has become the first regional council in New South Wales to deliver recycled water for household use, winning community support and moving to reduce bulk-water demand by 80% in the ...

4 August 2016
Hydrological monitoring to help inform vulnerable communities worldwide
Continuous hydrological monitoring that’s affordable and accurate could now be within reach for communities vulnerable to flooding and drought, thanks to the development of an open-source ...

3 August 2016
Breakthrough research holds hope for drought-proof crops
Watching crops wither and die while waiting for the rain might become more of a rarity thanks to a breakthrough that could lead to the next generation of drought-proof crops. International research ...

3 August 2016
Queensland bolsters water management with key appointments
Queensland has appointed eight people to chair the state's rural irrigation schemes in a bid to better control costs and efficiency within the water industry. Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water ...

2 August 2016
New Tasmanian outfall after destructive storm
Undersea construction work has delivered an upgraded outfall for treated effluent at Quarry Point in Tasmania. The Orford sewerage upgrade was required after the original concrete underwater ...

2 August 2016
Queensland utility to trial digital water meters
Unitywater is launching a one-year trial of digital water meters after studying the challenges other utilities have faced in making the technology cost-effective. “We’ve reviewed many different ...

1 August 2016
Australian Water Survey set to deliver insight for utilities
Insight into customer perceptions is vital to water utilities’ success – and the latest survey into Australians’ understanding of water security is set to deliver just that. The Australian Water Survey ...

1 August 2016
Infrastructure planning crucial to successful projects
As state governments vie for water project funding, Australia’s peak infrastructure government advisory body has highlighted the importance of comprehensive planning. Infrastructure Australia ...