News Archive 

May 2016

31 May 2016
Aussie cities among world’s most sustainable
Sydney and Melbourne are among the world's most sustainable cities, according to the inaugural Arcadis Sustainable Cities Water Index. The Australian metropolises came in eighth and 11th...

31 May 2016
Birds guide wetland recovery efforts
Keep your eyes peeled and collect feathers: that's the request from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. It's putting together the first ever ‘feather map’ of Australia...

30 May 2016
Low funding risks dire future for Great Barrier Reef
The Queensland Government funding currently allocated to protect the Great Barrier Reef is less than 2.5% of what leading scientists believe it would take to effectively protect the iconic...

30 May 2016
Tapping biogas latest cost-saving solution
While there is nothing new about biogas – the product of the age-old anaerobic digestion process – the case for collecting the methane-rich gas to generate heat or energy is picking up...

30 May 2016
Is the water sector prepared for the skills required in the future?
The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has recently released The New Work Order, a report about the changing face of work and ensuring young Australians have skills and experience...

27 May 2016
Garden design key to effective urban cooling
Urban green spaces can provide much needed heat relief for Australian cities but garden design needs to be carefully considered, research finds. As part of the Cooperative Research...

26 May 2016
Man-made mountain plan for desert rainfall
Faced with their groundwater reserves running dry within two decades, the United Arab Emirates is seriously investigating building an artificial mountain to trap more rainfall in the...

25 May 2016
Financial boost available for NSW irrigation
Irrigators in northern New South Wales are being encouraged to apply for funding in the final stages of the Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation program. Farmers in...

24 May 2016
NT water professionals talk tech over beer
Water professionals have a role to play in securing themselves a Friday afternoon ale, said Darwin's One Mile Brewing Company co-founder Stuart Brown. “Their job is to make sure...

24 May 2016
YWPs suit up for Bond-themed annual dinner
This year's Victorian Young Water Professionals Dinner is unlikely to involve a Quantum of Solace-style dispute over Bolivian water resources, but there will be plenty of Bond villains...

23 May 2016
Environmental scorecard raises drought concern
Australia's landscape and ecosystems have declined to conditions last seen during the Millennium Drought, according to a new scorecard reviewing 13 environmental indicators. The...

23 May 2016
Debate hot over irrigating northern Australia
With the Federal Government backing up recent talk about developing agriculture in northern Australia with some hefty infrastructure funding, the debate over whether northern...  

20 May 2016
Victorian irrigation infrastructure upgrades receive managerial boost
A state-owned water utility engaged to upgrade irrigation systems has received additional support to ensure streamlined management and success. Goulburn-Murray Water’s (GMW)...  

19 May 2016
Water utility takes innovation award with ‘old control system’
Sydney Water's control system technology has not only stood the test of time, it is still winning awards more than 20 years after it was built. The utility's long-term investment in...  

18 May 2016
Victorian towns going on the water grid
Four towns in Victoria's dry South Gippsland will soon be connected to the state's water grid for the first time ever. The State Government has committed $30 million to a project...  

17 May 2016
Water utility saves millions on energy with analytics
SA Water has saved $3 million in annual energy costs by using analytical tools to aid energy purchases, buying power when cheap and avoiding non-essential operations when ...  

16 May 2016
Association lays out water policy priorities
With Australia set to go to the polls in a matter of weeks, the Australian Water Association has geared up to ensure the nation’s water challenges are high on the new Federal Gov...  

16 May 2016
Warming storms set to strain stormwater systems
Established stormwater infrastructure in many cities across the globe will be overwhelmed as climate change intensifies storm downpours, new University of New South Wales ...  

16 May 2016
Winners in innovation
In the closing remarks of this year’s Ozwater, Dr Sandra Hall announced the lucky winners of the 2016 Water Innovation Challenge. This year was a close run challenge, with ...  

13 May 2016
Achieving greener cities requires a change of approach
The final keynote session at Ozwater’16 dished up a strong parting message for water utilities: when it comes to delivering greener, healthier spaces in our cities and communities...  

13 May 2016
Learning lessons from a major failure
No utility wants to deal with a major asset failure but when Barwon Water was faced with a significant channel rupture, they made sure to use the experience to strengthen their...  

13 May 2016
Utility tackling climate change head on
One of Australia’s largest water utilities has laid out its planning for climate change adaptation, positioning itself to increase its resilience to even the elevated levels of risk...  

12 May 2016
Water industry’s best take to the spotlight
Australia’s finest water professionals, researchers and innovators have been named for 2016, with victors celebrated at last night’s Australian Water Awards ceremony...  

12 May 2016
Utility takes public transparency to new level
Sydney Water has used Ozwater’16 to announce a bold new plan to ramp up its water quality reporting, with the looming launch of a public portal offering detailed water...  

12 May 2016
How to use community outrage to foster engagement
Engaging with community successfully requires an approach unique to demographic and sensitive to lifestyle, according to water utilities presenting under the Customers &...  

11 May 2016
Customer satisfaction the new paradigm for water utilities
With water utilities searching for ways to generate capital in an age of competing pressures – population growth, demographic change and economic uncertainty, to name a few ...  

11 May 2016
What the Millennial march means for water companies
With demographic and technological shifts set to upend the traditional workplace, Australia’s water leaders have been urged to take action now to prepare themselves. Leading ...  

11 May 2016
Renewable energy in the spotlight: advice for the water sector
Australia’s largest water utility is aggressively expanding its solar power generation, as domestic focus on the water-energy nexus increases. Delegates at Ozwater’16 yesterday...  

10 May 2016
Australian cities must lead the way on future challenges
The twin pressures of climate change and population growth are not just a challenge for Australia, but an opportunity to show vital regional leadership, Ozwater’16 delegates have heard ...  

10 May 2016
Delegates set for a dose of cutting-edge business expertise
With this morning’s keynote speakers launching Ozwater’16 with a run down on sustainability, delegates are now looking forward to hearing about how to effect change within their business...  

10 May 2016
Day-two program offers water business know-how
With Ozwater’16 now officially in full swing, water professionals are navigating their way through the abundance of topics on offer, with tomorrow expertise having a strong water-business...  

9 May 2016
Thought leadership set to inspire sustainable water futures
Water professionals from across Australia are headed for Melbourne today in preparation for Ozwater’16, with the conference’s line-up of world-renowned keynote speakers ready to dive...  

9 May 2016
Water professionals gear up for social event highlight of 2016
While Ozwater’16 attendees prepare for three days’ worth of insight and industry thought leadership, many delegates also have their eye on a social calendar packed full of opportunities to ...  

9 May 2016
Ozwater’16 app helps water professionals connect
The Ozwater’16 app offers conference attendees an invaluable guide to their #ozwater experience, allowing them to connect with peers and exhibitors, and to boost their professional networks...  

9 May 2016
Day-one program packed with expertise and insight
With Ozwater’16 launching in the heart of Melbourne tomorrow, delegates are busy planning their itineraries – here’s what you need to know about the program. Aside from keynote speakers...  

9 May 2016
Outgoing Bureau chief: reflections on success
Hitting the Millennium Drought unprepared paved the way for the most important water program to...  

9 May 2016
Budget 2016: $2 billion for national water infrastructure
Australian water infrastructure has come in for a financial boost, with the latest Federal Budget announcing $2 billion in concessional loan funding over a 10 year period. The funding, issued...  

9 May 2016
National Water Account 2015: Big data offers big insights
The trend towards a growing reliance on backup water sources in some of Australia’s regions has been confirmed by National Water Account 2015 data, the second round of which was released...  

6 May 2016
Aussie water technology ready to fly
Australian water technology is in high demand around the world, with many small businesses primed to launch their products abroad, according to technology investment expert John O’Brien...  

6 May 2016
Water shortages to be powerful brake on world economy
Exponential increases in water demand will converge with increasingly erratic supply, severely reducing the economies of some global regions, a new World Bank report has predicted...  

6 May 2016
Big ambitions tackling big water issues
With Ozwater just a few days away, we catch up with exhibitor Andrew Nicol of Andzac Water Treatment who shares with us an insight into what he will be showcasing at the event, and...  

5 May 2016
Landmark environmental water input from traditional owners
Local knowledge and cultural values will help shape wetland management at the mouth of the Murray River, thanks to a landmark agreement. The Commonwealth Environmental Water...  

5 May 2016
NSW farmers banking on Snowy water
Farmers in southern New South Wales have begun applying for water for the upcoming irrigation season under the Snowy Advance project, although regulatory approval is still pending...  

5 May 2016
More than just an opportunity to showcase
The importance of Ozwater as a means to discuss water industry challenges and share new technologies and innovative solutions is something many speakers, exhibitors and delegates...  

4 May 2016
Future of ACT’s catchment up for debate
The nation’s capital is set to face significant population growth, and subsequent catchment governance pressures, said the ACT and Region Catchment Management Coordination ...  

4 May 2016
New invention takes the spotlight in water utility safety
Three TasWater employees have invented a device that could drastically reduce operational health and safety risks within the water services industry and beyond. TasWater operations...  

3 May 2016
Clean-up order served following Lake Macquarie mine seepage
Work is underway to clean up dissolved metals and other pollutants seeping from a mine near...  

3 May 2016
Wastewater may be key to antibiotic resistance
Wastewater treatment plants have a role to play in reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. While an increasing number of the dangerous bacteria is being found in water ...  

2 May 2016
Landmark social research builds water pricing insight
Landmark social research into customers’ views on water tariffs has helped guide a major Australian water utility in its recommended residential water pricing. University of Technology...  

2 May 2016
Greg Hunt: Farmers vital allies in Reef climate fight
Reducing agricultural runoff is a vital defence against climate change impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, says Federal Environment Minister. With the latest reports showing 93% of ...  

2 May 2016
Ozwater is a must for local government water professionals
Ozwater offers huge opportunities for local government delegates, so much so that we are proud to be able to offer them fantastic discount of over $400 off the full Ozwater delegate...