News archive

October 2016

31 October 2016
Wastewater treatment stuck ‘in the 1800s’
Current wastewater treatment processes are highly inefficient and not suited to managing the challenges of the 21st century, says a world-leading wastewater treatment expert. Cambi Technical Director ...

31 October 2016
Wheatbelt radar delivers real-time data for irrigation
Data from the first of three Doppler radars installed in Western Australia is set to support businesses in the Wheatbelt region, with a six-fold return on investment estimated for farmers. The $23 million ...

28 October 2016
Irrigation expertise sought for $2 billion project
The nation's best irrigation expertise is being sought for significant channel modernisation works in Victoria. The Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project has released a request for tender covering...

28 October 2016
New sediment initiative bolsters Reef efforts
Soils susceptible to erosion are being mapped by the Queensland Government in an attempt to identify gullies most vulnerable to sediment run-off. The initiative comes as part of the government’s aim ...

27 October 2016
Australia due for another recycled water campaign
The campaign for recycled drinking water needs to be relaunched and rebranded in Australia, according to a leading water technology provider. Xylem Sales and Industry Marketing Director Oceania ...

27 October 2016
Victoria releases major water policy
The Victorian Government has released a new water policy, which aims to help the state deal with drought, climate change, and population growth in future. Minister for Water Lisa Neville said Water ...

26 October 2016
Desalination expert takes out national science award
The researcher behind world-leading technologies for desalination and recycled water has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science's Matthew Flinders Medal. Australian National University ...

26 October 2016
New tech tackles chemical-free water treatment
A South Australian company is gaining international traction using computer-generated frequencies to target specific minerals, improve water quality and eliminate scaling. Hydrosmart has developed ...

25 October 2016
Faecal library for water contamination
With a so-called 'Library of Poo', machine learning and a credit-card sized device, US researchers have developed a highly accurate way of determining the source of water contamination. Microbial ...

25 October 2016
NSW water projects backlog funded
New South Wales will clear a backlog of water and sewerage projects in regional areas with a new $110 million program. Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water Niall Blair has approved a ...

24 October 2016
Women’s input key to achieving SDG6
Australia has dedicated $100 million to gendered water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues abroad, but more must be done to address the absence of women’s input if true change is to be affected ...

24 October 2016
Regulated water resource allocation needed for Australian trees
Australia needs to reconsider its carbon farming and afforestation policies to avoid placing excessive pressure on already limited water resources, one of Australia’s leading ecosystems experts has ...

21 October 2016
Utility plans green space for stormwater basins
Water Corporation is crowd-sourcing ideas for transforming land alongside stormwater drains and drainage basins into recreational spaces. The joint project with the West Australian Department of ...

21 October 2016
Australian water innovation takes out international accolades
Australian utilities have picked up two of the four International Water Association Project Innovation Awards for 2016. Mackay Regional Council won the Operations and Management Award for its ...

20 October 2016
Australian first biogas project for water recycling plant
A Victorian water recycling plant has debuted Australia’s first thermophilic anaerobic digestion process (TPAD), touted to break down organic matter faster than alternative processes. The $60 million ...

20 October 2016
Grant for water market tech solution
Grants of up to $1 million are up for grabs for Australian businesses with innovative ways to improve water market information. The challenge is part of the Federal Government’s Business Research ...

19 October 2016
Water-use efficiency project funding announced
Up to $30 million in Federal Government funding is now available for projects improving water efficiency, sustainability, resilience and helping manage soil health. Applications for round three of the Rural ...

19 October 2016
Seagrass depletion a concern for marine resilience
The stinking piles of seaweed plaguing southern Western Australia's beaches could become a thing of the past as a result of climate change, researchers have found, but they warn the shift will also ...

18 October 2016
Irrigation investment promises greater Murray-Darling security
In an effort to modernise farms in the Murray-Darling Basin region, state and federal governments have promised additional funding for irrigation operators to upgrade current infrastructure and improve ...

18 October 2016
Australian action needed on UN goals
Australia must prioritise climate action and global partnerships if it is to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals on water, sanitation and hygiene, a new University of Queensland publication shows...

17 October 2016
Report highlights water security fears
New Australian research has shown major public concern over water security, highlighting the need for greater public discussion of the work being done to secure the nation’s water supply. More than half ...

17 October 2016
Water giant boosts research connection
One of the world’s leading water and wastewater service providers has heralded a move to strengthen the link between international water technologies and the Australian market. As part of the SUEZ’s ...

17 October 2016
Breakthrough study quantifies Aboriginal water wellbeing
For the first time, the relationship between environmental watering and its effect on Aboriginal people's wellbeing has been quantified in the northern Murray-Darling Basin. The Murray-Darling Basin  ...

14 October 2016
Palm Island community to benefit from new water initiatives
A number of bore holes and a new wastewater treatment plant will solve Palm Island’s water supply problems, the Queensland Government has said. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said improving the ...

14 October 2016
Nominations open for top end water advisory committee
Nominations are now open for the Katherine Water Advisory Committee (KWAC). The main aim of committee members is to manage effective implementation of the 2016¬–2019 Water Allocation Plan ...

13 October 2016
Victorian water allocation up by 56%
Water allocations have rocketed from just 1% to 57% for entitlement holders drawing from Victoria's Lake Toolondo in the past year. Up to 10GL of water will flow into Lake Toolondo by December, thanks ...

13 October 2016
Millennials transforming water utility customer service
In-home water management, pre-paid services, distributed generation and very high expectations. These are just some of the things Australian water utilities can expect in the early 2020s when Millennials ...

12 October 2016
Big focus on water security and health in 30-year plan for Victoria
Managing threats to water security and improving the health of waterways and coasts are two of the main focuses of the Victorian government’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy guide. The guide which ...

12 October 2016
Modular tech promises plug-and-play wastewater treatment
Modular wastewater treatment systems designed to fit into shipping containers and require minimal setup & maintenance are being heralded as a promising solution for remote locations. CST Wastewater ...

11 October 2016
Australian water reform expertise hits the world stage
Australia's water reform journey shows massive infrastructure projects will not solve the world's water problems, according to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “The role of efficient water management is ...

11 October 2016
WA groundwater investigations bolster irrigation for agriculture
Irrigated agriculture could expand dramatically in Western Australia's midlands, with groundwater investigations currently underway. Water Minister Mia Davies said the $4.7 million midlands groundwater ...

10 October 2016
Demand management during deluge a challenge for utilities
Dams around the country may be brimming but utilities still face challenges in managing demand and efficiency targets, issues that typically drop off the priority list when rain falls. Sydney Water Water  ...

10 October 2016
Director urges waterway health report cards
We need to listen to what the world's waterways are telling us in order to improve their health, according to University of Queensland Sustainable Water Program Director Dr Eva Abal. Abal said a simple ...

7 October 2016
Utilities urged to find ‘right’ water data
Water businesses need to collect the 'right' data from a broad range of sources if they're to make smart decisions, says a leading researcher from CSIRO's Data61. Data61 Group Leader of Enterprise ...

7 October 2016
Water utility takes out international marketing accolade
A simple idea repeated often: that was the key to Water Corporation's award-winning “Whatever you do, just drop 2” campaign. The utility recently won bronze in the government category of the 2016 Effie ....

6 October 2016
Brisbane water utility retires milestone asset
Seqwater is on track to upgrade one of its oldest pipelines and improve drinking water supply to more than 50,000 consumers in Brisbane’s north-west. Since the first stage of the $4.2 million Ashgrove ...

6 October 2016
NSW construction contractor fined for waterway pollution
A road construction contractor has been fined $15,000 for polluting a waterway while working on Sydney's Northern Beaches hospital connectivity project. The NSW Environment Protection Authority fined ...

5 October 2016
Enzyme breakthrough for cleaner waterways
Enzymes could be engineered to better clean up polluted waterways, thanks to new research from the Australian National University. Lead researcher and Associate Professor Colin Jackson said the ...

5 October 2016
Moreton Bay forum to tackle regional sustainability issues
The home of 600 dugongs and six of the world’s seven sea turtle species – Moreton Bay – will be the focus of a public regional forum next month. The forum aims to evaluate the region's environmental ...

4 October 2016
Golden opportunity for Qld pumped hydro project
An old Queensland gold mine is set to turn over a new leaf as a first-of-its-kind pumped hydro station. The Genex project will exploit existing Kidston mine infrastructure and the vertical drop between ...

4 October 2016
Green shoots for mammoth recycled water project
A bold plan to use recycled water to almost triple South Australia’s commercial greenhouse capacity has received a major boost towards realisation. The South Australian Government has announced it ...