News archive

December 2016

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 ...

9 December 2016
Groundwater use trial for waterway health benefits
Groundwater will be used as a substitute for river water in a trial aimed at improving summer flows in Victoria's Gellibrand River. The trial comes after a Wannon Water report recommended reducing ...

9 December 2016
CSIRO Innovation Fund to back leading ventures
The CSIRO has launched a $200 million fund to help turn research and innovation into successful business ventures. The CSIRO Innovation Fund will co-invest in SMEs, spin-out and start-up companies...

8 December 2016
Sydney’s iconic water canal upgraded
The 125-year-old water canal responsible for supplying up to 40% of Sydney's daily water needs has received a major upgrade. Nine motorised control gates have been installed at the heritage-listed ...

8 December 2016
Australia’s first solar-powered sewers
Solar-powered sewers will replace aging septic tank infrastructure in an Australian first at Tootgarook sports ground in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. The technology is part of the Peninsula ECO ...

7 December 2016
Regional water resource plans for Murray Darling communities
Murray Darling Basin communities will have their say on water sharing arrangements and rules specific to their area as New South Wales establishes 22 regional water resource plans. DPI Water has ...

7 December 2016
Feasibility studies to bolster irrigation
Water infrastructure feasibility studies will be conducted in Victoria and South Australia, with the aim of boosting irrigation to under-resourced areas of the states. Victoria will receive $3.9 million of the ...

6 December 2016
Western Australia river flows increased six fold
Parts of Western Australia have benefited from river flows up to six times greater than those of last year's dry winter, a recent report shows. The Department of Water's climate and streamflow assessment ...

6 December 2016
Gold mine waterway pollution lives on in Victoria waterway
Mercury and arsenic waterway pollution has been found to exceed sediment quality low-trigger values in at least 49% of sites monitored in a study of Victoria's historic gold mining areas. But the Environment ...

5 December 2016
Asset management at digital turning point
Digital technology is poised to upend how infrastructure is built and managed but Australia is at a turning point, and the next steps could determine whether the country is able to maximise the potential gains ...

5 December 2016
Zero emissions by 2050: water utilities in focus
With the Victorian government likely to commit to a target of net-zero emissions by 2050, the leading author of a proposed emissions reduction strategy says water utilities are in prime position to lead the charge ...

2 December 2016
Water pollution crackdown on Parramatta construction sites
Half of all development sites on the Parramatta River have been found to be in breach of environmental obligations around water pollution and fined a total of more than $127,000 in a recent compliance crackdown ...

2 December 2016
Flood modelling bolstered by data overhaul
Flood modelling should be more accurate and accessible following the first major upgrade of the Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) Guidelines in three decades. The update is the result of four years' collaboration ...

1 December 2016
Microplastics impacting wastewater treatment processes
Experts have said wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) must ramp up their monitoring of microplastics, warning the issue is much broader than microbeads from personal care products ending up in treated effluent ...

1 December 2016
Researchers halt CSG arsenic groundwater contamination
New CSIRO research has shed light on how to safely re-inject water produced by coal seam gas (CSG) extraction into aquifers without polluting the groundwater. Writing in The Conversation, CSIRO research ...