News Archive

June 2016

30 June 2016
Queensland funding spread wide for waterway health
Efforts to protect south-east Queensland's waterways have received a $2.75 million boost thanks to the State Government, with funding packages distributed to a range of water-related initiatives ...

30 June 2016
Murray takes back water through irrigation initiatives
Around 35GL will be returned to the River Murray thanks to funding grants for a range of projects, including a state-of-the-art hydroponic blueberry farm, plus a drought and salt tolerant pistachio ...

29 June 2016
NSW plant takes mine discharge for power production
Sydney's drinking water supply could soon be free of discharges from a Lithgow coal mine, with the salty releases set to be piped to the nearby Mount Piper Power Station for treatment. Treated ...

29 June 2016
New system developed to extract phosphorus from wastewater
German researchers have developed a system to extract fertiliser from wastewater without relying on chemicals or large amounts of energy. The process extracts nitrogen and phosphorus using ...

28 June 2016
Victorian wetlands restored in bid to boost native habitats
A former wetland in north-central Victoria will be restored in a bid to encourage the return of threatened species. The State Government has launched the Murray Family Conservation Reserve at ....

28 June 2016
WA region achieves huge water savings
Water use has dropped significantly in Western Australia's south-west, with towns recording reductions of up to 52% over the past 15 years. A new Water Corporation study of 11 towns in the region ...

27 June 2016
How do the federal election policies of the major parties support water security for all Australians?
The Association recently wrote to all the major political parties and asked them to provide their water policies ahead of the coming election. We are pleased to share this information with our members ...

27 June 2016
‘Bias’ over dam’s social impact threatens infrastructure
With the Coalition Government pledging to prioritise dam-building if re-elected, an international researcher says feasibility studies risk being hobbled by incomplete understanding of social impacts....

27 June 2016
Australian research key to contamination clean-up
Air Force bases around Australia have been coming under fire from communities amid fears of toxic groundwater contamination but Australian research may hold the key to remediating affected ....

24 June 2016
New wet wipe product still blocks drains
Testing shows a new wet wipe product labelled as 'flushable' still fails to live up to its name. Kleenex released the 'new and improved' wipe at the end of May after coming under fire last year...

24 June 2016
Wetland rehabilitation to help save the Reef
Simple projects restoring “nature's kidneys” to health could play a significant role in preserving the Great Barrier Reef, says a James Cook University researcher. Dr Nathan Waltham has been ...

23 June 2016
Snowy River environmental release stalled due to flooding
The first of five high-flow environmental water releases to the Snowy River was abandoned last week due to recent catchment flooding. DPI Water Acting Director Surface Water Management ...

23 June 2016
Waste solutions company fined for flushing food
A New South Wales waste solutions company has been fined $15,000 for flushing food waste down the toilet. No Fuss Waste Solutions told a NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)...

22 June 2016
NSW dam spill fears abated
Weekend rainfalls have produced a win-win outcome for Sydneysiders after fears Warragamba Dam would spill failed to eventuate. As late as Sunday evening, WaterNSW tweeted that the dam ...

22 June 2016
New state of water discovered
Scientists have discovered a new 'tunnelling state' of water that could improve our understanding of water behaviour and thermodynamic properties in highly confined environments. In a recent ...

21 June 2016
Australian water allocation reform insight from international jurisdictions
The success of the Murray-Darling Basin reforms is almost unprecedented globally, but a recent study has found Australia could still learn from temporary river reform processes employed in other ...

21 June 2016
Growing Victorian township goes on the water grid
Residents in one of Victoria's fastest growing regions will soon be connected to Western Water's drinking supply. The water corporation has begun construction on the $4.5 million Leakes Road ...

20 June 2016
Private sector financing the future, says infrastructure boss
Australia’s infrastructure chief has refreshed his call for a major boost in the involvement of private sector financing in building much-needed infrastructure. Infrastructure Australia Chairman Mark ...

20 June 2016
NSW water prices now cheapest in Australia
NSW residents are set to pay some of the lowest water prices in Australia following the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal’s (IPART) final determination on Sydney Water tariffs. The ...

17 June 2016
Mud suffocating Moreton Bay ecosystems
The amount of mud in Brisbane's Moreton Bay has more than doubled in the past 45 years and it’s casting a shadow on the underwater habitat. New research from the University of Queensland ...

17 June 2016
NSW rural water gets major shake-up
The NSW Government has launched a major overhaul of its water management services, reshaping the state’s key rural water bodies. From July 1, numerous responsibilities will be transferred ...

17 June 2016
Flushing it down and turning it round
Poo. Yours and mine. Certainly not a popular dinner table topic, but what gets flushed down has to resurface somewhere. Alongside waste water, solids find their way to our Waste Water Treatment...

16 June 2016
Farmers await solid agriculture policy commitments
The nation's major parties should be paying closer attention to agricultural policy in the lead-up to the federal election, the National Farmers' Federation says. The body has released its Mid-Campaign...

16 June 2016
Water utility saves through innovative procurement
A customised procurement process has delivered major savings for Central Highlands Water, when building a new reverse osmosis salt reduction plant in Victoria. MWH Global is the engineering...

15 June 2016
Groundwater contamination takes election spotlight
Toxic fire fighting chemicals leaching into ground and surface water from an Air Force base near Newcastle will be cleaned up, the Federal Environment Minister has promised. Since October 2015 ...

15 June 2016
Resilience key to water leadership
In the face of a changing sector, water's future leaders must not only learn management techniques – they must also develop resilience. That's the premise of the upcoming Victorian YWP development...

14 June 2016
Floods ram home stormwater harvest potential
The low-pressure system that ravaged Australia’s east coast last week has highlighted the scope of benefit to be offered by enhanced stormwater harvesting measures. One estimate put to last ...

14 June 2016
Major utility boosts waste-to-energy production
Sydney Water’s Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant has jumped on the waste-to-energy opportunity and will ramp up biogas production next year, with only minor retrofitting. The plant has ...

10 June 2016
Groundwater’s contribution to sea-level rise overblown
Groundwater extraction contributes about three times less to sea-level rise than previously estimated, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Earlier studies...

10 June 2016
Australian insight needed to help global water security
There's a ‘hole in the bucket' for millions around the world when it comes to water security and Australian water professionals have a role to play in addressing these global water management...

9 June 2016
New catchment strategy prepares Victoria for future water challenges
Victoria has launched a new statewide strategy for integrated catchment management. Called Our Catchments, Our Communities, the strategy supports a regionally focused and community-based...

9 June 2016
Aussie export awards celebrate water achievements
Australian water businesses are urged to show off their achievements by entering the 54th Australian Export Awards (AEA), with applications now open under 12 national award categories. Co-presented...

8 June 2016
Decades-old uranium pollution gets $10 million clean-up fund
Almost 45 years of acidic uranium-mine drainage into the Northern Territory’s East Finniss River is a step closer to being cleaned up, thanks to $10 million in Federal Government funding. The Rum...

8 June 2016
NT Water Minister faces industry
Northern Territory water professionals will be able to put the new water minister on the spot at an upcoming Q&A session. Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Land Resource Management...

7 June 2016
Victoria environment watchdog under review
Victoria's Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is set for an overhaul of its role and governance, but not its funding arrangements. The final report of an independent inquiry into the EPA has...

7 June 2016
Aussie swimming pool tech cleans water in Africa
An Australian swimming pool equipment manufacturer has started supplying filters to some of the most water-stressed communities on earth. Waterco's T400 thermoplastic filters are being fitted...

6 June 2016
Utilities beware: practice caution with water data
Water utilities have never had greater access to data about their operations and assets but that flood of information can actually impair decision-making if proper care is not taken, says a leading...

6 June 2016
Water saving fight moves online
Harnessing social networks and competitive pressure to reduce water usage is making waves, with two projects doing just that being named winners of the Australian Water Association 2016...

3 June 2016
Great Barrier Reef crisis pushes election pledges
Both major parties have made new funding commitments to protect the Great Barrier Reef, should they win government, with Labor taking the lead with a $500 million funding allocation. The...

3 June 2016
Diversity key to inciting innovation in water
Without workplace diversity the water industry risks missing out on valuable innovation, according to AWA West Australian Branch member Cristiano Carvalho. “Diversity brings broad experience...

3 June 2016
Update from the YWP President
With the end of the financial year brings renewal of all Young Water Professional (YWP) State and Territory committees. The Australian Water Association’s (the Association’s) state and territory...

2 June 2016
WA’s online boost for water innovation
Western Australia's latest and greatest water management solutions may come via an online forum. The state government is calling on members of the public to put their ideas forward on the...

2 June 2016
Treatment-plant overhaul due for all utilities
Sooner or later all water utilities are going to have to update their wastewater treatment and biosolids handling facilities for the 21st century. GHD Technical Executive Water Dr Robbert van...

1 June 2016
Victoria’s new floodplain strategy takes holistic management approach
Victoria's new Floodplain Management Strategy has been applauded for its 'holistic approach' to helping communities better prepare for flood. The strategy incorporates lessons learnt from the...

1 June 2016
New technology turns air into drinking water
Pulling water out of air could be the solution to the world's water shortage issues. Canadian researchers have discovered a way of generating up to five times more water a day than conventional...