News Archive 

June 2018

29 June 2018
ACT utility cancels back-up water contract
While many regions in NSW battle with drought, the Australian Capital Territory’s major water utility has cancelled a water contract with Snowy Hydro for back-up supplies. In budget estimates this month, Icon ...

28 June 2018
New program injects Indigenous knowledge into water management
The Victorian Government has announced the first round of recipients to new program dedicated to supporting Aboriginal participation in water management roles. The Aboriginal Water Grants Program ...

27 June 2018
How a major water provider used AI to cut pump-station energy costs by a fifth
One major Victorian water provider is utilising artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to drive down electricity use in its water treatment operations. Ensuring Winneke treatment plant’s pumps are operated ...

26 June 2018
Expert says regular ‘boil-alerts’ signal of inadequate water treatment
While boil-water alerts may seem a pesky inconvenience for regional communities, one drinking water expert says it’s time to start addressing local council water treatment issues as the public health implications ...

25 June 2018
North Queensland council trials new technology for catchment health
In a bid to better help protect the Great Barrier Reef lagoon in far north Queensland, one innovative council has embarked on trialling new technologies to help them better understand urban catchment runoff ...

22 June 2018
New wastewater study reveals household chemical may contribute to ‘superbugs’
Antibiotic resistance is a global challenge with approximately 700,000 people a year dying from antimicrobial-resistant infections, but a recent wastewater study reveals triclosan – a compound used in more than ...

21 June 2018
New monitoring technology trialed for asset health
Melbourne Water has begun trialing next-generation monitoring technology, which utilises radar, cameras, sensors and laser technologies to measure concrete pipe wall thickness and surrounding environmental ...

20 June 2018
WaterNSW develops a 20-year infrastructure options study
The study outlines options for improving services through the development of its infrastructure network, which includes 42 major dams, hundreds of weirs and pipelines, and Australia’s largest surface and ...

19 June 2018
Canberra catchments set to flourish with water in mind for landscapes
Canberra is a diverse and growing city, nurtured by a unique and versatile landscape, and the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment says keeping the environment’s water in mind will be ...

18 June 2018
Australia may benefit from Chinese detention basin design
Detention basins across Australia are intended to prevent or reduce flooding, but one hydrological expert says some could be managed better by incorporating design concepts that have been utilised in China...

15 June 2018
Brisbane City Council creek regeneration project to bolster amenity
Oxley Creek is currently a heavily polluted waterway running through south ­Brisbane, but it’s set to become a world-class ‘green living’ amenity under a draft masterplan released by the city’s council last month ...

14 June 2018
Iconic Newcastle reservoir takes heritage listing
Newcastle’s first underground drinking water reservoir is set to be heritage listed by the NSW Government, taking its place among some of Australia’s most prized cultural possessions ...

13 June 2018
Community set to shape Yarra River's strategic planning
The future of Victoria’s iconic Yarra River is set to be shaped by a community-driven vision, which has been developed under the Yarra Strategic Plan led by Melbourne Water. In a first ...

12 June 2018
Nation’s ‘garden’ capital set for water-sensitive urban design boost
Canberra’s population is predicted to grow to 500,000 over the next decade and one water consulting agency has been working to revive and reconceive the city’s design to ensure ...

11 June 2018
South East Queensland collaboration establishes landmark future planning program
Seqwater has partnered with Arup and South East Queensland service providers to deliver a landmark future planning program for water organisations and partners, with the unique ...

8 June 2018
New technology a boon for wastewater treatment worldwide
Researchers from the University of Bath have developed a new technology for removing micropollutants from wastewater, promising a more efficient method for wastewater treatment ...

7 June 2018
Infrastructure investments keep water prices down in Victoria
Victorian residents are set to enjoy some of the lowest water prices in Australia over the next four years as a result of increased investment in infrastructure across the state. The ...

6 June 2018
New water analysis partnership a boon for global service provision
Environmental solutions service provider Veolia has announced a three-year partnership with water analysis company Hach, with the new agreement bolstering water operations ...

5 June 2018
Australia ready for next phase in urban water reform
With many cities and towns facing increasing pressures from population growth and climate change, the recent Productivity Commission report into National Water Reform placed ...

4 June 2018
Call to prioritise Aboriginal water rights
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians face huge challenges in terms of ensuring their water rights and values are maintained at local, state and national level, and one ...

1 June 2018
Wastewater reveals national trends in illicit substance use
Results from an ongoing drug-use survey utilising wastewater treatment data has estimated at least 8387kg of methylamphetamine, 3075kg cocaine, 1280kg of MDMA and 765kg ...