News Archive

March 2016

29 March 2016
Collaborating for liveability and sustainability
One of the standout features of this year’s Ozwater program will be our innovative stream dedicated to Liveable and Sustainable Cities of the Future. One of...   

29 March 2016
Digital progression relies on regulatory shake up
Regulatory change may be the missing ingredient in driving a digital-first approach to essential services moving forward, according to a water sector advisor...   

29 March 2016
Sydneysiders set to receive water price reduction
The latest review of Sydney Water’s pricing scheme may see customers paying as much as 13.5% less for water in the coming years. The Independent ...   

25 March 2016
Regional Victorian towns’ water secured through desal orders
Two large desalinated water orders have been placed and a water savings campaign is being reactivated in order to secure supplies for Ballarat and Geelong...   

25 March 2016
Restoring creek banks for cleaner water
One of Australia’s largest water businesses has partnered with the University of Queensland and West Moreton Landcare to restore the banks of Lockyer Creek...  

24 March 2016
Treatment plant upgrade fosters innovative approach
There has been plenty of innovation during one of the biggest and most complex wastewater treatment plant upgrades in Australia. The Malabar Process and Reliability...  

24 March 2016
Funding now available for New South Wales irrigators
Irrigators in northern New South Wales will soon be upgrading on-farm water infrastructure and improving water efficiency, thanks to State and Federal Government...  

24 March 2016
High praise for our innovation heritage
The Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Glenys Beauchamp PSM, launched this year’s Water Innovation Forum & Expo...  

23 March 2016
New generator to power water treatment plant in Victoria
A mini hydroelectric power station will soon run the water treatment plant near Ballarat, with constriction of the emission-saving generator set for May.  

23 March 2016
Utility taps new power source for green energy
UK water utility is building Europe’s largest floating solar panel installation on one of its reservoirs, as it moves to reduce its dependency on the electrical grid.  

22 March 2016
The power of communication
In the first of our series of interviews with Ozwater presenters and exhibitors, we talk to Lindsey Beck, founder of LindseyB and Vice-President of the Australian...  

22 March 2016
Global water trends reflected in Australian reports
Despite being one of the driest countries on earth, a recent international report shows the Australian water sector is experiencing similar trends to Europe and...  

22 March 2016
New bacteria-based water treatment innovation set to support developing world
Hopes are high that a new bacteria-driven wastewater treatment process could be an enormous hand up for the developing countries. A new biological wastewater...  

21 March 2016
New tool promises streamlined asset management decisions
A major water utility aiming to stay clear-eyed in the face of deluges of asset management data has developed a new decision support tool it hopes will help...  

21 March 2016
Recycled water key for future food security
Urban water utilities must prepare to provide more recycled water to food producers, according to a researcher at the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab (VEIL)...  

21 March 2016
NSW’s finest water professionals hailed
The spotlight has been thrown on some of the NSW water industry’s champions, at the annual NSW Heads of Water on March 11, with the frontrunners in...  

18 March 2016
Symposium on opportunities for the Australian water sector in Vietnam
Vietnam and Australia share many common challenges when it comes to water management, and water plays a critical role in both nations’ economic growth...  

18 March 2016
Dry weather may swing with expected El Niño breakdown
Low streamflows will continue through to May 2016, with a weakening El Niño holding up hopes for wetter weather mid-year, according to the latest Bureau of...  

18 March 2016
Technology boom key to best-practice water utility service
Smart technologies may be the key to transforming water utilities from service providers to customer-first businesses, according to digital water experts...

17 March 2016
Victorian desal plant switch ready to be flicked 
Victoria's Wonthaggi desalination plant operator is gearing up to deliver its first order since the plant became operational in 2012. The Victorian Government has...  

17 March 2016
Time for utilities to step out the shadows and assert their value
Water utilities have been content to work invisibly in the background of most customers’ lives for too long, and need to start asserting their value, an...

16 March 2016
International economies ripe for a dose of Australian water innovation
There has never been a better time for Australian water companies to launch into markets abroad, particularly in budding South East Asian economies...  

16 March 2016
New tool helps calculate runoff nutrient levels in development projects
A new web-based tool could help developers and governments calculate nutrient runoff in new developments. A trial version of the Urban Nutrient Decision...

15 March 2016
Labor’s proposed Northern Territory water policy approach knocked as ‘lazy’
Water policy is shaping up as an election issue in the Northern Territory, with the Chief Minister labelling Labor's recently unveiled approach 'lazy'. The Labor...  

15 March 2016
Activated sludge approaching its expiry date
It’s more than a century old but the activated sludge method for treating wastewater could be ready for retirement soon, said a leading researcher in resource...

14 March 2016
New research to help skip Indonesia to head of the water class
Indonesian cities could side-step decades of developmental struggle and skip straight to world's best practice water technology and institutions under a new ...

14 March 2016
Customer insight key to demand management
Utilities aiming to manage demand need to stop thinking of their customers as one group, and instead offer bespoke management programs. Arup worked with...

11 March 2016
Water industry’s increasingly specialised workforce threatens YWP development
Young water professionals risk missing out on important leadership insight through hands-on work experience due to an increasingly concentrated workforce...

11 March 2016
Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme expected to provide significant benefits for Tasmania’s farming regions
The latest irrigation scheme approved for Tasmania is set to be one of the most substantial yet, according to authorities. Tasmanian Irrigation CEO Nicola... 

10 March 2016
Future of Broken Hill’s water supply at a crossroads
A decision on a long-term water solution for Broken Hill is just weeks away, but the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is still considering all its options.

10 March 2016
New Water Skills Leader appointment for Arup extends presence into the capital
Arup is expanding its presence in Canberra with the appointment of a new Australasia Water Skills Leader and Transport and Resources Leader.

9 March 2016
Recycling company under scrutiny over groundwater contamination
Metal recycling company HydroMet has been ordered to assess the extent of contamination in soils and groundwater near its premises outside Newcastle.

9 March 2016
New water appointment to Agricultural Industry Advisory Council
There's an “inflow of new water expertise” to the Federal Government's Agricultural Industry Advisory Council, according to the Minister for Agriculture.

9 March 2016
Bringing innovators and ideas together at the Water Innovation Forum and Expo
With just one day to go before 2016’s Water Innovation Forum and Expo, speaker Ian Donald shares with us a taster of the innovative work he is showcasing...

9 March 2016
Fostering Australian Innovation - Interview with Salt Water
This year’s Innovation Forum and Expo will see the return of some familiar faces to the Exhibition Hall, but there’s also plenty of newcomers keen to explore...

8 March 2016
Multi-million dollar boost for NSW’s regional water infrastructure
Regional communities in New South Wales are set to enjoy a $110 million boost to water infrastructure funding, with 45 projects under review for the...

8 March 2016
Drones to test water from hazardous site
Amphibious drones could soon help water professionals test hazardous samples from hard-to-access sites if a South Australian invention...

7 March 2016
Jumbled policy threatens sustainable solutions for liveable cities
The lack of unified policy direction for sustainability initiatives undermines productive action within the water sector, according to Climate Works...

7 March 2016
Give your YWPs the chance to take the lead!
The Young Water Professionals (YWPs) are proud to announce the launch of their brand new online Team Leadership course starting in April...

7 March 2016
New ways of thinking key for customer satisfaction
While successful innovation may seem like a balancing act between technology, strategy and collaboration, a specialist innovation-consulting...

7 March 2016
Thinking big at the Water Innovation Forum & Expo
Following on from his interview last Monday in AWA’s Source newsletter, Angus Johnston, Principal Consultant at KMH Environmental talks...

4 March 2016
Blue-green algae blooms along the Murray River
A red alert warning for blue-green algae now covers a 300-kilometre stretch of the Murray River, but the outbreak is still not as big as the...

4 March 2016
Soil-moisture monitoring technology wins WA Innovator award
With irrigation topping the water agenda of late, it’s no wonder Outpost Central won the WA Innovator award for its soil-moisture...

3 March 2016
New appointment to drive Queensland irrigated-crop development
There are moves to boost north-west Queensland's newest irrigated cropping districts, with government appointing a new extension...

3 March 2016
Pipeline technology company takes business abroad
Asia is an “untapped market” according to a Gold Coast pipe repair company that has recently expanded into Hong Kong, India...

2 March 2016
Selfie competition raises awareness for water safety
What do you get when you cross a selfie photo with a water safety campaign? A #safey, according to Seqwater. Like many ...

2 March 2016
Northern Australia water assessments underway in a bid to back irrigation
The CSIRO has begun detailed assessments of water resources to test the viability of the expansion of irrigated agriculture in ...

2 March 2016
The Water Innovation Forum and Expo; bringing people together
Exhibitors Oxyzone will be back for a second year in a row, at the Water Innovation Forum and Expo to present their Ozone ...

1 March 2016
Western Australian water metering regulations tighten up in face of drought
Metering requirements for Western Australian water users are set to expand dramatically in a bid to improve water management...

1 March 2016
$70 million in grant money for Queensland infrastructure projects
Queensland councils are seeking tenders for up to $70 million worth of critical infrastructure projects in coming months, including...

1 March 2016
Why are we not innovating?
Why are we not innovating? This is a very big question, but at next week’s Innovation Forum and Expo, Anna Kosovac of Yarra...