News archive

January 2017

31 January 2017
Melbourne water utility kicks off preparations for population boom
Nutrient removal capacity is being expanded and modernised at Melbourne Water's Western Treatment Plant as the water utility prepares for significant population growth. A $127 million design ...

31 January 2017
Water research reveals better method for treating nuclear waste
Hundreds of megalitres of water contaminated after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident could be purified thanks to new water research by a team of US and Russian researchers. Scientists ...

30 January 2017
Zero-emissions wastewater treatment becoming a reality
As parameters for pollution and water quality tighten, utilities must shift their thinking to take a more innovative and integrated approach to wastewater treatment. “Operational efficiencies and ...

30 January 2017
Landmark partnership gives new lease to native agriculture
A landmark lease has been signed between the WA State Government and the Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to establish native agriculture with a fruit tree orchard. According ...

27 January 2017
Water infrastructure boost needed for global food demands
Australia will need to build more dams if it is to meet United Nations goals on agricultural production and global food security, the Deputy Prime Minister has said. Barnaby Joyce met with global ...

27 January 2017
How water utilities adapt to handle rise of extreme weather events
Water utilities have a new tool to assess water-related health risks as they face a future of increasingly common extreme weather events. The new tool, outlined in Water Research Australia's recent report,...

25 January 2017
New tool aims to take climate stress out of water resources management
Water resources management decision-makers will soon have access to a climate stress testing tool as part of a new Goyder Institute project. The institute's Climate Resilience Analysis Framework ...

25 January 2017
Groundwater less crucial to NSW ecology than previously thought
Previous measures might have overstated the amount of groundwater-dependent vegetation in New South Wales by as much as 50%. The finding comes after DPI Water developed a new method ...

24 January 2017
Driving towards drought: Better transport key to water conservation
Melbourne commuters use 311 billion litres of water travelling to and from work each year, enough to flood the city centre eight metres deep, a new study has found. Research conducted by André ...

24 January 2017
Desalination of WA dam water provides irrigation relief
The Western Australian government has committed $37 million to help fund a desalination plant for the Wellington Dam in order to boost agriculture in the region. As part of the project, saline water ...

23 January 2017
Unique leadership course for women in science has a cool twist
A group of women in science fields recently returned from a world-first leadership skills and communications course. What made this one so unique? It was held against the coolest backdrop on ...

23 January 2017
The way forward: How to harness the power of innovation
Innovate, or idle. It’s a choice constantly faced by businesses, and in today’s fast-paced world, it’s never been more relevant. “Most utilities acknowledge that innovation is a necessity, no longer ...

20 January 2017
Victoria and NSW look to water-saving irrigation measures
The NSW and Victorian Governments are pushing for eight complementary irrigation measures to help boost the ecological health of the Murray-Darling Basin. These include culling carp, installing ...

20 January 2017
TasWater denies claims it can’t cover critical utility upgrades
TasWater has rejected suggestions it won't be able to cover the cost of looming water, sewerage and utility upgrades. The utility also reassured its customers that bill increases will be minimal. Late ...

19 January 2017
Victoria desalination plant faces setbacks amidst looming deadlines
Victorian water retailers have been told there will be no extra bill charges until the state's desalination plant delivers on the government's water order. The Victorian Desalination Plant was due to ...

19 January 2017
Sydney Water wins international award for water utilities project
Sydney Water has garnered international acclaim for spearheading a water utilities project to better detect pipe failures, which has implications for organisations everywhere. The Advanced ...

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 ...