News archive

July 2017

31 July 2017
New international coalition takes aim at global water security issues
International efforts to solve our biggest water security challenges gained momentum after more than 50 international water experts lent their signatures to the Geneva Actions on Human Water ...

31 July 2017
Does the water industry need to collaborate more on big data?
The water industry is drowning in big data, which means collaboration between utilities, research centres, universities, governments and businesses is required to make sense of what’s out there ...

28 July 2017
Input sought on additional protections for Great Barrier Reef
Two draft policies for protection of the Great Barrier Reef have been released, with the Federal and Queensland Governments now welcoming feedback from stakeholders to help strengthen the ...

28 July 2017
Can water contamination be cleaned up by swimming microbots?
Cleaning up water contamination could soon be the job of tiny robots, following the development of self-propelled micromotors aimed at tackling die-hard bacteria. Lack of access to a reliable ...

27 July 2017
New technology streamlines wastewater treatment by removing deadly pathogens
A new technology developed to generate electricity while cleaning organic waste during wastewater treatment has also been found to kill life-threatening water pathogens and improve water ...

27 July 2017
Federal Government backs tidal power as next wave of renewable energy
Tidal electricity generation got a push from the Australian Government recently, with their commitment to invest in a new feasibility study. The project, “Tidal Energy in Australia: Assessing Resource ...

26 July 2017
Water fluoridation up for debate in northern Tasmania
It’s been 64 years since Tasmania became the first Australian state to pass water fluoridation, but a northern Tasmanian council is pushing to give communities the choice as to whether their ...

26 July 2017
New water technology merges IoT with irrigation
Farmers are now able to operate irrigation pivots more efficiently and sustainably with a new bit of water technology: a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) mobile control system ...

25 July 2017
Marine investigators find Australian seabeds covered in microplastics
Although microplastics in oceans and on beaches is a global concern, a recent investigation of seabed pollution around Australia has left marine biologists startled by the high concentration of ...

25 July 2017
Do Perth residents really have the highest water consumption rate?
A recent survey of water consumption in Australia’s capital cities revealed households in Perth use almost twice as much water as their southeast Queensland and Melbourne counterparts. However ...

24 July 2017
Water industry experts dominate list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers
Several water industry experts have been named among Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers in 2017 for projects ranging from overland flow modelling, to deep-water 3D imaging and use of ...

21 July 2017
Researcher refines process to convert biogas into high-value liquid
A University of Queensland (UQ) professor has received a huge grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund research into the bioconversion of methane into higher-value liquid chemicals.

21 July 2017
Hikes in dividends for NSW state-owned water utilities sparks controversy
Following accounting changes applied in this year’s NSW state budget, all state-owned water utilities are required to adjust their financial management – a move some in the industry call “irresponsible” ...

20 July 2017
Gender diversity key to water industry innovation, says expert
A leading water researcher has been named one of Science and Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM, a program designed to highlight and support gender diversity in science, technology, ..... 

20 July 2017
Queensland improves water security following record-breaking drought
Seqwater has brought the Ewen Maddock Water Treatment Plant back online in an effort to improve water security for Sunshine Coast communities following consecutive failed wet seasons.               

19 July 2017
Class action lawsuit filed over “worst contamination site” in Australia
More than 450 Queensland residents have filed a class action lawsuit seeking compensation from the Department of Defence following water contamination from the Oakey RAAF base.                       

19 July 2017
Water research breakthrough could advance desalination technology
In a major breakthrough discovery, scientists at Stockholm University have found water can exist in two different liquid forms. Based on experimental studies at Argonne National Laboratory......                  

18 July 2017
More industry collaboration needed to curtail spread of deadly water pathogen
More cooperation between public health research and climate forecasting is needed to prevent the spread of a deadly water pathogen, warns an industry expert. ANU lead researcher and ecologist........      

18 July 2017
Victoria ramps up water security planning to prepare for an uncertain future
Victoria’s population is set to crack 10 million by 2050, but water feeding into catchments could decrease by as much as 40% by then. With this in mind, the Victorian Government is implementing strategies....

17 July 2017
Water security planning needs to be backed by strong water policy
In 2014 legislative changes prompted Queensland’s water service providers to shift from regulatory planning to an outcomes-based model. Have these changes resulted in positive outcomes for water security?

14 July 2017
New tech turns any surface into a renewable energy powerhouse
Creating renewable energy is now as simple as finding water, thanks to a new solar paint developed by RMIT researchers.The paint contains a newly developed compound called synthetic molybdenum-sulphide ...

14 July 2017
How a great digital strategy helps you squeeze every drop from your data
Have you considered the need for a digital strategy within your organisation? Are your staff equipped to face the challenges of providing water to customers within a digital age? A digital strategy allows ...

13 July 2017
‘Mini-hydro’ plants pump up utilities’ renewable energy output
To tackle the ongoing energy consumption challenge faced by water utilities, a major Victorian provider has installed five mini-hydro plants that harness the power of renewable energy. Melbourne Water’s...

13 July 2017
Wetlands monitoring could boost Great Barrier Reef health
Wetlands spanning the length and breadth of the Great Barrier Reef catchment will now be monitored in an attempt to bolster ongoing protection efforts. The Great Barrier Reef narrowly missed being...

12 July 2017
WA regional water contamination tests reveal dangerous nitrate levels
Water contamination tests in 271 regional WA communities found bore water contaminated with arsenic, uranium and nitrates, with the latter recorded at 10 times the recommended safe level.             

12 July 2017
Flood response efforts get boost from new data management system
Response times to flood warnings have been improved in Victoria thanks to a new flood data management system implemented by Melbourne Water. Melbourne Water won Project of the Year under....

11 July 2017
Water infrastructure investment delivers water for wine in SA
The South Australian Government has invested $11 million to bolster the Barossa Infrastructure Limited (BIL) water transportation scheme to support growth in the region's wine industries.                        

11 July 2017
Joint procurement pays off for regional Queensland
A unique arrangement between several Queensland regional councils has helped reduce procurement costs by almost $140,000 for two recent projects.The Outback Regional Water Alliance (ORWA)..... 

10 July 2017
Can health-based targets fill the gaps in current water quality guidelines?
Although most of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) provide a solid definition of safe, good-quality water, the definition of microbial safety is currently arbitrary and lacks quantitative standards. 

10 July 2017
Why we need more Indigenous voices in water resources management
Indigenous Australians have called the driest inhabited continent on Earth home for millennia, but they are by and large left out of current water resources management practices.                                  

7 July 2017
Utilities need to pick up the pace and implement smart technology
Water utilities have room for improvement when it comes to making the most of data and smart technology, according to a new report from US engineering and construction company Black & Veatch. 

7 July 2017
Is Australia ready to embrace renewable energy to address climate change?
United States President Donald Trump recently announced America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA), but what impact will this have on worldwide attempts to mitigate climate change? 

6 July 2017
New water technology has its eye on monitoring remote tanks
A new piece of water technology the size of a credit card can help monitor water tanks in remote areas of Australia. The device, a satellite transmitter developed by Australian startup Myriota........

6 July 2017
How can utilities keep up with changing customer expectations?
An online bill simulator is helping one utility better understand customer expectations by letting residents make choices about which water initiatives and services they want to see reduced, kept or enhanced.          

5 July 2017
Post with the most: The dos and don’ts of using social media
As water businesses embrace social media, the question of when and how to use these platforms to greatest effect is an important one. In a bid to help water and wastewater utilities.......

5 July 2017
Yarra River now a ‘natural entity’ after landmark legislation to boost water conservation
 In a bid to boost water conservation, the Yarra River and its associated land have received new protections from a law that identifies and supports it as an integrated natural entity....           

4 July 2017
Australian water research into climate change awarded the prestigious Kyoto Prize
An Australian National University (ANU) scientist has put Australian water research on the international stage, becoming the first Australian to ever win the Kyoto Prize...                                   

4 July 2017
First water resource plan for Murray-Darling Basin receives approval
The first Water Resource Plan (WRP) under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP) has been accredited by the Australian Government, with the aim of providing sustainable water security ...  

3 July 2017
What can we learn from Rotterdam’s approach to urban water management?
The ability of countries to address future urban water management challenges – particularly from climate change and population growth – demands a fundamental shift in policy and practice. ...

3 July 2017
More investment needed to curtail non-revenue water losses in Australia
 Non-revenue water losses have plagued utilities for years, yet efforts to stem the flow are hampered when funding comes into play. But with the price of water rising and the cost of technology ...