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18 January 2017
New research predicts extreme flooding in Queensland’s future
Six years after Queensland’s devastating Lockyer Creek floods, new research reveals a long history of extreme flooding in South-East Queensland – and warns of possible future ones. Entitled ...

18 January 2017
Water innovation grants help keep WA competitive in global markets
Western Australia is looking to capitalise on growing global food demand with a $20 million Water Irrigation Innovation Grants program. As part of the Water for Food program, the scheme will ...

17 January 2017
Santos halts wastewater dumping after community pushback
Legal action by a small environmental community group in Queensland has dealt a blow to one of Australia’s energy giants, preventing it from dumping wastewater until further notice. Energy ...

17 January 2017
Scientists confirm warm water as cause of large Totten glacier melt
A team of Australian and US scientists has discovered that a large channel of warm water running underneath Antarctica’s Totten Glacier – one of the world’s largest – is causing it to melt at ...

16 January 2017
Future vision: How water utilities can plan for an uncertain future
To better prepare for an “unknowable future”, water utilities should adopt scenario planning and adaptive planning approaches, a recent GHD and Melbourne Water project has recommended ...

16 January 2017
Removing the guesswork from environmental monitoring
Adaptive environmental monitoring, rather than static monitoring programs, can cut costs, improve data quality and ultimately lead to more flexibility with future monitoring, said two water quality ...

13 January 2017
New federal project the latest step to restore SA water flow patterns
Plans to restore natural water flow patterns to South Australian branches of the River Murray are underway thanks to $12 million in funding from the Federal Government. The Flows for the Future ...

13 January 2017
Millions could benefit from increased marine conservation
Ramping up marine conservation efforts could benefit millions of people in coastal communities who depend on fisheries for survival, according to authors of an international study. The study, published ...

12 January 2017
Magnetic fields found to yield accurate ocean temperatures
A new use of satellite technology could provide scientists with accurate measurements of ocean temperatures through the observation of oceanic flows. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight ...

12 January 2017
Environmental water gives declining wildlife much needed help
Environmental water has played a “critical role” in stemming the decline of waterbird populations in Victoria, a new report has found. The Victorian Environmental Water Holder report, titled Reflections ...

11 January 2017
WA looks to boost wetlands water quality
With a little help from nature, scientists are studying what impact retaining higher water levels in West Australian wetlands has on water quality. The Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands have benefited from good ...

11 January 2017
New DNA tech offers insight into water pollution
DNA sequencing of water and wastewater could provide more detailed information on bacterial contamination and water pollution than existing tools, US researchers have found. Wisconsin-based biotech ...

10 January 2017
New global water atlas reveals winners and losers in surface water
Oceania is the world's only continental region to record a net decrease in permanent water over the past three decades, international research has found. The paper recently published in the journal Nature ...

10 January 2017
WA pushes major water boost in remote communities
Water services in ten remote Aboriginal communities will receive an historic upgrade under a West Australian government program. The communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara will be the first of the ...

9 January 2017
Water contamination fears spread beyond Air Force bases
As concerns about PFAS contamination spread around the country, the problem is not confined to drinking water sources and the legacy of firefighting foams, a water utility manager has warned. The ...

9 January 2017
New chair named at WA Water Corporation
A hydrographer who started his career at Water Corporation has been appointed chairman of the West Australian utility. State Water Minister Mia Davies has welcomed Mike Hollett to the role after his ...

21 December 2016
Queensland warns of possible water rate rises
A senior Queensland Government figure has warned one of the state’s major utility’s financial sustainability is at risk after it recorded its fifth straight year of operating losses. Acting Auditor-General ...

21 December 2016
Water research gets closer to finding ‘holy grail’ of climate science
Australia is on track to find the world's oldest Antarctic ice and solve a major water research puzzle, the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has declared. This summer, preliminary drilling ...

20 December 2016
Environmental water surplus a boon for one state
Environmental water will be sold in northern Victoria after wetter-than-expected conditions this year. The Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) is making up to 20GL of environmental water ...

19 December 2016
At-risk water agencies get help from mid-year Federal budget
National water agencies at risk of running low on government funding have been promised $398 million in the Federal Government's mid-year budget update. This commitment will fund key federal ...

20 December 2016
Community engagement integral to WASH success
Seeking community input too late is hindering the success of too many water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects both here and abroad, say leading researchers. Delivered by the Global ...

16 December 2016
Government launches register to track foreign water assets ownership
A new national register will bolster the country’s water resources management by taking an annual snapshot of foreign investments. The Federal Government has passed legislation that requires ...

16 December 2016
New research busts myths about water markets
Water markets – not physical infrastructure – might be the key to averting a global water crisis, argues an Australian National University researcher. UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and ...

15 December 2016
New water research solves centuries-old mystery
US scientists have had a “watershed moment” in understanding how water conducts electricity thanks to a new method for photographing the process. The exact mechanics of “nature’s most ...

15 December 2016
Wastewater engineering can’t shy away from controversy
Work on controversial projects and drive change from within – that's the advice from the Northern Territory's 2016 Water Professional of the Year. Tropical Water Solutions' Managing Director ...

14 December 2016
New water technology to predict problems before they happen
A $4 million smart water technology trial will put Adelaide on the front foot to fix faults before they escalate, SA Water said. The trial will centre around the installation of flow, pressure and acoustic ...

14 December 2016
Manufacturers taken to court over fatberg-causing wet wipes
After a one-tonne ‘fatberg’ was dredged from a NSW pump station earlier this year, the scourge of wet wipes in pipes is back in the spotlight. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ...

13 December 2016
Unique operations hubs boost Bureau of Meteorology reach in remote areas
The Bureau of Meteorology's northwest Australian observations network has received a significant boost thanks to the opening of a purpose-built Observing Operations Hub in Darwin. The Darwin Hub ...

13 December 2016
New funding models urgently needed to meet sustainable development goals
The water sector needs a new financing paradigm if it hopes to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the World Bank Group has said. In a recent report titled Financing Options ...

12 December 2016
Sydney’s Tank Stream tour
Australia's oldest piece of European water infrastructure is still in service as a stormwater drain – and in demand as a tourist attraction. The Tank Stream was built by First Fleet convicts and sits below ...

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