News Archive

November 2016

30 November 2016
Waterway pollution on top of Minsters’ agenda
An agreement to take action on waterway pollution, including microplastics, packaging and emerging chemicals, has been reached between Commonwealth, state and territory Environment Ministers. At the ...

30 November 2016
New centre for plumbers teaches water efficiency practices
A Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) has opened in Geelong, offering highly specialised trade and post-trade water efficiency training for workers in the plumbing industry. The state of the art ...

29 November 2016
Water sensitive urban development launched
A Melbourne housing development using the latest water-sensitive inventions to help slash drinking water use by 70% has been officially opened. Coinciding with the sale of the first lots at the Aquarevo ...

29 November 2016
Murray-Darling Basin shake up to strike new balance
Proposed amendments to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan could see a 70GL reduction to the northern basin water recovery target, and a decrease in three groundwater area recovery targets. The Murray ...

28 November 2016
New soil technology set to bolster irrigated farming practices
Irrigated farming is set to benefit from a new soil technology currently being developed by the CSIRO, which has the potential to dramatically reduce soil water evaporation. Australian researchers are ...

28 November 2016
Water utilities set to tackle cyber security
Rapidly rising levels of digitisation of water utility operations are delivering enormous efficiency gains but also means utilities are grappling with a major new risk – cyber attacks. The past year has seen ...

25 November 2016
New Murray-Darling Basin mechanism aims to ease water recovery
There might be no need for further water recovery in the southern Murray-Darling Basin following legislative changes, the Federal Government has stated. Bipartisan support for the Water Legislation ...

25 November 2016
Asset management systems crucial to water industry best practice
Asset failure can have “catastrophic” consequences and the water industry is not immune, which is why every organisation needs good asset management practices. “Every asset has a defined life and ...

24 November 2016
Water storage solution wins Aid Innovation Challenge
A portable water tank that takes under 10 minutes to assemble has won the international Aid Innovation Challenge. The Pak Flat Tank, which can be packed flat and is easily transportable, was developed ...

24 November 2016
New smartphone water quality technology tests for pathogens
'Citizen scientists' could drastically improve mapping of water quality issues with an inexpensive smartphone attachment and commercially available water test kits. Researchers at the University of Houston ...

23 November 2016
University partnership bolsters Iranian water management
The University of Melbourne will be collaborating with Sharif University of Technology in Iran to find solutions to urgent issues facing Iran’s Lake Urmia basin. University of Melbourne School of Engineering ...

23 November 2016
New NSW water portal boosts environmental water
A new internal New South Wales government water portal is set to act as a one-stop shop for agencies wanting to update environmental water data. Developed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries ...

22 November 2016
Queensland groundwater laws set to change
Queensland's new groundwater protection laws are being welcomed by farmers and environmentalists, but are sparking controversy among resource industry and government. The State Government ...

22 November 2016
Aussie states unite to diversify water sector learnings
For the first time, Queensland and New South Wales will be joining forces to offer water sector insights to delegates at the upcoming QWater in NSW Conference. QWater Committee Chairman Steve ...

21 November 2016
World-first study quantifies utility’s value to community
One of Australia’s leading water utilities has generated $72.4 million worth of benefits to environment and society – a revelation from a world-first water sector quantification study on integrated profit ...

21 November 2016
Recycled water leader named Legend of Water
Dr Nanda Altavilla, one of the country’s leading recycled water experts, has been named a NSW Legend of Water at a gala dinner earlier this month. One of three to be awarded the plaudit, Altavilla is ...

18 November 2016
Tsunami awareness on the rise in Australia
It might be one of the few natural disasters Australians don’t spend too much time worrying about, but boosting tsunami awareness is on the radar. Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) ...

18 November 2016
Wastewater education crucial for all Australians
World Toilet Day is an opportunity to ensure Australians – young and old – are not taking wastewater treatment processes and clean waterways for granted. TasWater Education Coordinator Gina Harvey ...

17 November 2016
Drugs in wastewater posing crop risks
Traces of over-the-counter drugs in sewage could present a danger to Australian agriculture as the use of recycled wastewater for irrigation grows. Griffith University School of Natural Sciences’ Dr Mike ...

17 November 2016
Pumped hydro study backs renewables boom
Off-river pumped hydro energy storage could help Australia reach 100% renewable energy generation at very competitive prices, an ANU-led study has found. Researchers are scouring the country for ...

16 November 2016
Toilets in focus for international sanitation goals
Aid groups are urging Australian water professionals to use World Toilet Day to reflect on how they can help achieve universal access to water and sanitation. The United Nation's worldwide event, set ...

16 November 2016
Water security in focus for South Australia
Maintaining communities’ confidence in water security is one of the water industry's biggest challenges moving forward, according to AWA South Australia Branch President John Ringham. “The challenge ...

15 November 2016
Ag tech key to boosting agricultural output
Asian demand is creating opportunity for substantial growth in Australia’s agricultural industry but getting farmers to adopt more efficient and sustainable technology is a key hurdle to clear. At the recent ...

15 November 2016
New sludge-to-oil technology creates fuel from wastewater
Sewage sludge can be converted to biocrude oil in minutes using high pressure and temperature, US researchers have discovered. The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ...

14 November 2016
National science award winner launches technology transfer company
Two leading water treatment experts have launched a technology transfer company aiming to facilitate delivery of water research innovations to the sector. ANU Emeritus Professor Barry Ninham – recent ...

14 November 2016
Biosolids industry ready for bigger things
Australia is already a world leader in biosolid reuse rates but innovative utilities are pushing for new solutions for more effective resource recovery. The nation’s leaders in the sector will be gathering today ...

11 November 2016
Western Australia due for water-sensitive design mindset overhaul
There must be greater community acceptance of the long-term benefits of water-sensitive urban design as Perth's aquifers reach their allocation limits, one expert has urged. Presenting at the upcoming ...

11 November 2016
Residents launch class action over RAAF contamination
More than 400 NSW residents have filed a class action lawsuit seeking remuneration from the Department of Defence for damages caused by the Williamtown RAAF base groundwater contamination ...

10 November 2016
High flows lower need for river dredging
Powerful flows in the Murray River have allowed the South Australian Government to temporarily decommission one of the two dredgers removing sand from the river’s mouth. Favourable high currents ...

10 November 2016
Travel takes toll on water resources
The average commuter uses between 140L and 350L of water each day to travel to and from work, a recent Melbourne study has found. The findings show cars are the most water-intensive mode of ...

9 November 2016
Customer-first approach more efficient for water businesses
The rise of customer-centricity offers water businesses an opportunity to use customer feedback data to their advantage, with one major utility scanning hundreds of thousands of customer service calls for ...

9 November 2016
License applications extended for rural Darwin irrigators
The Northern Territory Government has announced a six-month extension for Darwin’s domestic rural residents who need to apply for a water license, amid worries new regulations are not well understood ...

8 November 2016
High water variability undermines international water treaties
Certain kinds of water treaties may help prevent future conflicts as the flow and variability of global water supplies changes, a new paper has found. The World Bank Group's recent report, expanding on ...

8 November 2016
Anticipatory water governance key to sustainable infrastructure
Expensive reactive decisions like building desalination plants could be avoided by using an anticipatory water governance approach, an international expert has said. KWR Watercycle Research's Andrew ...

7 November 2016
Measuring data uncertainty key to reducing non-revenue water
Reducing non-revenue water is a major concern for all water utilities and one leading engineer says getting better at understanding data uncertainty is the key to interpreting water balances effectively ...

7 November 2016
New thermophilic unit halves digestion time
Sludge retention times are set to drop by half at Australia's first water utility-based thermophilic anaerobic digestion unit. By introducing thermophilic anaerobic digestion, South East Water says it's ...

4 November 2016
Water-wise cities principles launched by IWA
The International Water Association has launched a framework it hopes will become a 'go-to' document for planning resilient and water-wise cities worldwide. The IWA's Principles for Water-Wise Cities ...

4 November 2016
Water splitting leads way for renewable energy
US scientists have made a breakthrough that could boost the viability of renewable energy technologies. Washington State University (WSU) researchers have developed an inexpensive, cost-efficient ...

3 November 2016
Leading report confirms critical climate changes
The duration, frequency and intensity of extreme heat events have increased across large parts of Australia, a leading biennial report has found. The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate ...

3 November 2016
Blackwater event expected in Murray River
Areas not flooded in more than 20 years may contribute to a Murray River blackwater event in coming weeks, authorities have warned. The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) said heavy rainfalls had ...

2 November 2016
Queensland waterway health reports cards offer mixed results
Rivers in the Mackay Whitsunday region have received a mixed report card but offshore water quality has scored top marks. Minister for the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles says the first full Mackay ...

2 November 2016
Water researcher takes out national award
Investigations in the field of hydroclimate modelling have landed a CSIRO researcher national recognition. Jin Teng was named in the inaugural Thomson Reuters’ Women in Research Citation Awards for ...

1 November 2016
Concessional loans to help minimise effect of drought
More than $500 million in concessional loans have been approved by the Federal Government to help alleviate the effect of drought on farming businesses. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture ...

1 November 2016
Freshwater competition seeks breakthrough solution
More than $2.2 million in prize money is on the table for the inventors of an energy-efficient device that can harvest water from thin air. In a bid to spark a breakthrough solution to the global water crisis, XPRIZE ...