News Archive

February 2016

29 February 2016
Wet wipe ‘fatberg’ highlights a national water utility dilemma
The scourge of wet-wipe blockages gained national attention last week after the removal of a one-tonne ‘fatberg’ from a NSW...

29 February 2016
Wastewater treatment plants connected to commercial organic waste solutions
Interest in harnessing organic waste for energy generation has never been higher in Australia but even as water utilities make...

29 February 2016
Industry leaders dish out their vision for the future of water
Population growth, soaring customer expectations and the need for diversity are among the top challenges facing the water ...

26 February 2016
Federal Government to establish foreign-owned water access register
The Federal Government’s proposed register of foreign-owned water entitlements is not about limiting investment but about ...

26 February 2016
Irrigation Australia Limited appoints new CEO
One of the country’s largest agriculture bodies has appointed a new head with a strong record of private sector success. Bryan..

25 February 2016
Creating community engagement with innovation at the Water Innovation Forum and Expo
Next month’s Water Innovation Forum and Expo will see the launch of the 2016 Australian Water Innovation Challenge award.

25 February 2016
New water plan provides a strong future for Queensland’s south-west
Groundwater in south-west Queensland will be subject to management for the first time, after the State Government released a new...

25 February 2016
Freshwater inflows cause mass kill in varied marine species
A fish kill at Augusta in Western Australia is being put down to large freshwater flows. Reports of between 100 and 1000 dead and dying...

24 February 2016
Putting innovation for challenging environments on the agenda in Cambodia
Relieving sanitation issues in developing countries requires getting innovation on the agenda for challenging environments, according to the...

23 February 2016
Meaning behind water use key to sensitive water cities
Creating and sustaining water-sensitive cities requires a closer look at the people that inhabit them, according to the winner of...

23 February 2016
Irrigating Brisbane sporting grounds through stormwater harvesting
Brisbane's sportsgrounds will be greener, and so too will the council's environmental credentials, under a plan to expand...

22 February 2016
Turnbull gives insight in water ‘passion’
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has outlined his support for groundwater storage schemes and resistance to long pipeline operations...

22 February 2016
Australian innovators needed in Asian water boom
Now is the perfect time for Australian firms to capitalise on emerging opportunities as many south-east Asian countries make an ...

22 February 2016
Is integrated urban water management missing the mark?
Integrated urban water management (IUWM) has room for methodological improvement if it's to achieve its biggest objectives, the...

22 February 2016
Interview with Water Innovation Forum and Expo Exhibitor Optimos Solutions
Actions speak louder than words, and every year we are thrilled to see new partnerships delivering real world solutions stemming...

19 February 2016
Better water management key to stopping global food shortages
With climate change and a growing population predicted to put unprecedented pressure on global food supplies, new international...

19 February 2016
Murray-Darling plan troubling some regions
The long roll-out of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is progressing well but more work remains to be done to deal with the upheaval...

18 February 2016
New chair appointed for Murray-Darling group
The newly appointed chair of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan landholder reference group has promised frank and fearless advice.

18 February 2016
Infrastructure report urges major water reforms
A landmark Infrastructure Australia report has urged sweeping reforms in both metropolitan and regional water markets, including greater...

17 February 2016
Two in three people face water shortages
Two-thirds of the global population face severe water scarcity at least one month a year – double the number previously estimated...

17 February 2016
WaterNSW warns against coal mine expansion at Lake Cataract
WaterNSW has called for a planned coal mine expansion in NSW to be modified to reduce the risks it poses to water security and swampland...

16 February 2016
Going green risks putting water resources in the red
Although tree regeneration may seem like a win-win for the environment and Australia’s emissions targets, it can also be a huge drain on one...

16 February 2016
Historic water fountain restored to former glory
One of Sydney's oldest water fountains is set to undergo restoration in an effort to maintain its place within the city’s cultural heritage. The fountain ...

15 February 2016
Water industry hits pack at IPART reform plan
A proposal to ease regulatory burdens on local governments and their water utilities in NSW has instead been met with hefty criticism from...

15 February 2016
Major review looms for NSW water sector
NSW’s Department of Primary Industries Water is set to undertake a broad-ranging review of the state’s water sector, as part of a broader strategy...

12 February 2016
New housing developments aim to go off-grid for water
A select few fledgling housing developments are attempting to take an “off-grid” mentality towards utilities, exploiting technological...

12 February 2016
Regulator eyes revenue caps for SA Water
SA Water customers could see water prices drop, with an independent review considering whether the utility’s $14 billion asset base...

11 February 2016
Bureau report paints picture of extremes
The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate report has confirmed last year as one of the most extreme on record, with warm and dry conditions...

11 February 2016
YWP Conference to bring together peers and beers
Learning about the latest progress in the world of water can be thirsty work, so the organisers of the YWP Conference have ensured..

10 February 2016
Interruptions minimised during WWTP upgrade
Engineers had to think innovatively to upgrade an outer metropolitan wastewater treatment plant while minimising service interruptions.

10 February 2016
Environmental water reports show positive results
The first results from a $30 million long-term environmental watering project in the Murray-Darling Basin have been hailed a success.

9 February 2016
Innovation winner returns to unveil prototype
The winner of the 2015 Australian Water Innovation Challenge will be feature at this year's Australian Water Association Innovation Forum and Expo...

9 February 2016
TasWater pioneer honoured for transformation
He has done vastly more than almost anyone else to shape and grow the Tasmanian energy and water sector but Geoff Willis says it...

8 February 2016
CSIRO cuts draw wide-ranging ire
Plans for a sweeping revamp of the CSIRO’s climate and water divisions have been met with a hail of criticism, with up to 350 positions in the firing line.

8 February 2016
Victoria launches new grants for waste-to-energy
The Victorian Government has announced $300,000 in grants aimed at helping local governments and businesses ramp up...

8 February 2016
Victorian population boom spurs recycled water boost
The Sunbury Recycled Water Plant in Victoria is set to receive a $53 million upgrade to increase treatment capacity to service..

8 February 2016
Service revolution set for water industry
The water industry should prepare for a revolution in service delivery similar to that already seen in telecommunications, says...

5 February 2016
Vast benefits from simple heat exchanger solution
Two negatives have added up to a substantial positive for a large laundry plant, after an innovation solution to excess wastewater...

5 February 2016
Criminal charges possible over Flint water scandal
The FBI has joined the investigation into the Flint water scandal, amid rumours criminal charges could be in store for some of...

4 February 2016
Tackling water quality and domestic violence earns accolade
They are two of the biggest challenges facing Timor Leste: improving water services and ending violence against women. FH...

4 February 2016
Growing focus on water footprints but business lagging
The science of water footprint assessment is growing exponentially, with a major international environmental journal focusing a...

3 February 2016
Sydney to get bar specialising in water
An historic piece of Australia’s water infrastructure will soon be home to a unique bar, serving only water sourced from different..

3 February 2016
Water utilities must shape the cities of the future
Water utilities must play a key role in shaping how Australian cities grow if they are to remain sustainable, says the chief of...

Tasmania Dam 2 February 2016
Tasmanian study illuminates lake depths
Tasmanian researchers have probed the depths of Australia’s deepest glacial lake with a technique they hope could be used...

2 February 2016
Lessons learnt on Cambodian study tour
Australian water expertise is increasingly in demand in south-east Asia but Australian water professionals can learn some...

1 February 2016
Association President awarded Public Service Medal
Association President Peter Moore was awarded a Public Service Medal for 40 years of service and dedication to the WA...

Tasmania Dam 1 February 2016
Dry spell puts pressure on Tasmanian power
Tasmania is revising its power generation options, after record low rainfalls have left hydropower storages depleted. Last week...

1 February 2016
Big year looms for resource recovery
Ongoing advances in cost and efficiency for wastewater resource recovery means the technology should be on the cusp...