News archive

October 2017

31 October 2017
Algae bioreactors create cost-cutting benefits for wastewater treatment process
Queensland Urban Utilities, in partnership with global technology provision company KBR, have completed the early stages of an algae bioreactor pilot to test the process for possible wastewater ...

31 October 2017
Whistleblower hotline created to deter another Murray-Darling Basin scandal
In a bid to encourage public servants to disclose misconduct in the midst of the current Murray-Darling Basin corruption scandal, the Department of Industry will be set up an independent whistleblower ...

30 October 2017
Why embracing uncertainty can lead to game-changing innovation
From technological advancements to regulation review and climate change, water utilities have no shortage of looming uncertainties. It means embracing change through innovation and creativity ...

30 October 2017
Water sensitive urban design crucial for keeping Sydney liveable
Sydney is set to look very different within the next 30 years – population will top out at 8 million by then, resembling cities like London and Bangkok. And with the added pressure of climate change ...

27 October 2017
Millions lost during wastewater treatment prompts Swiss to revisit recycled water
Recent research has found that almost 43 kilograms of gold – worth an estimated $1.8 million – passes through Switzerland’s wastewater treatment network every year. The Swiss Federal Institute ...

27 October 2017
As risk of water scarcity rises, so does potential for transboundary water conflict
With the effects of climate change erupting globally, one of the world’s leading international legal academics says building flexibility into treaty regimes will be crucial in enabling countries to adapt to ...

26 October 2017
Water Awards help keep attention where we need it – on water reform
Recognition for a job well done at the state and (potentially) national level are among the many reasons why events like the Australian Water Association Water Awards are so important for the ... 

26 October 2017
Policy, management and tech: What’s needed to solve our water security issues?
Australians live in a range of places, from remote and rural areas to large city centres. Building resilience across these varying regions is important, and that includes water security and access ... 

25 October 2017
NSW water quality under threat from loosened water pollution laws
The NSW Government’s recent amendments on water pollution laws could have vast implications for Sydney’s drinking water catchments, with mines being waived of their responsibility to ensure ... 

25 October 2017
New research leads to better understanding of how algal blooms form
New research shows that microorganisms have the ability to mix stratified layers of water, a finding that turns previous understanding of slow-swimming bacteria on its head. The study found that ... 

24 October 2017
Here’s an innovative, sustainable way to remove microplastics from water
Microplastics and pharmaceuticals pose a 21st-century challenge for wastewater treatment plants, but a newly developed silica technology could help remove pollutants from treated water before ... 

24 October 2017
Common household chemicals could take the odour out of wastewater treatment
Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a way of making wastewater safer and better smelling by applying common chemicals to the treatment process. UBC School ...

23 October 2017
Global water crisis being tackled by this leading Australian university
Australian universities have fared particularly well in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (WUR), with a leading water academic saying one Australian university’s research ...

23 October 2017
Here’s how lack of access to water holds back gender equity
It’s time to get a grip on water and sanitation issues facing women, as a lack of access to water and toilets is having a devastating effect on gender equity worldwide. That’s according to WaterAid CEO...

23 October 2017
NT and WA Water Awards recognise industry achievements
A number of outstanding individuals and organisations have been recognised for their work across the NT and WA water sectors. The winners of the NT Water Awards were announced on 12 October ...

20 October 2017
To achieve water sanitation goals, should we plant more trees?
Upstream watershed health has a direct impact on child death rates, according to a global study into water source sanitation in developing countries. Published in the journal Nature Communications ...

20 October 2017
Indigenous community partnership project puts recycled water to good use
Water Corporation and its community partners in the Kimberley are in the running to take out the Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability category of the prestigious Banksia Sustainability Awards ...

19 October 2017
Melbourne Water’s Eastern Treatment Plant Sludge Digestion Capacity Upgrade
At the recent RMIT Biosolids workshop, delegates heard about various projects and innovations taking place in several Australian Water Association and Australian & New Zealand Biosolids ...

19 October 2017
Murray-Darling Basin compliance review seeks water industry input
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has launched a compliance review across the basin following allegations of water theft earlier this year. The review includes an independent panel and ...

19 October 2017
Perth recycled water project gets $262 million investment
Perth’s rates of aquifer recharge are set to double after a massive boost from the WA Government for recycled water projects. The government will invest $262 million to expand Water Corporation’s ...

18 October 2017
Queensland utility asks community for water efficiency to stave off drought
Queensland utility Seqwater has warned residents of Ipswich and surrounding areas to limit water use and prepare for future drought to make up for what has been an unseasonably dry winter and ...

18 October 2017
ACCC investigation sends ALDI’s ‘flushable’ wipes claim down the drain
Following an investigation by the ACCC, discount supermarket ALDI has removed their ‘flushable’ wipes from shelves. The company has also performed a 180º-turn on its messaging around cleaning ...

17 October 2017
Water contamination worries spike after Springvale coal mine approval
The NSW Government has boldly moved to amend legislation in order to nullifying a court decision against the extension of the Springvale coal mine. The NSW Court of Appeals initially ruled against ...

17 October 2017
Tap water taste test draws attention to Australia’s top drop
Five water utilities from around Australia will be judged on the taste of their tap water this week for a competition heralding the hard work of our water provision industry. Now in its third year, the 2017 ...

16 October 2017
WA water resource management: What are the challenges and opportunities?
National Water Week is the perfect time to discuss Australia’s water resources management, and acknowledge the challenges and opportunities for great work at community, state and national levels ...

16 October 2017
Space satellites might hold the key to better Murray-Darling Basin monitoring
Satellites could offer a solution to many of Australia’s water management challenges, with one leading researcher claiming the cost of technology would be covered by the benefits it would bring to the ...

13 October 2017
Recycled water prices sticking point for SA producers
Thousands of South Australian producers have rebuffed the state’s new agricultural irrigation scheme, citing the high price of recycled water. Part of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) ...

13 October 2017
New water treatment plant could address Katherine’s PFAS problem
Katherine’s contaminated water concerns might soon be abated thanks to the delivery of a new water treatment plant to help reduce PFAS levels in the town’s drinking water supply. Built by ...

12 October 2017
Power generation from evaporation shows water’s renewable energy versatility
New research shows water evaporation farms could become a viable part of the renewable energy mix of the future. A world-first study from Columbia University estimated the potential power available ...

12 October 2017
EPA warns of PFAS contamination in multiple Victorian water sources
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has issued warnings against the consumption of poultry and fish from various regions in the state due to elevated levels of PFAS in wetlands and ...

11 October 2017
Victorian water utilities offer better bill assistance than gas, electricity
Recent payment-plan data shows that many Victorian households are receiving more help to pay bills from water utilities than from electricity and gas providers. Brotherhood of St Laurence Research ...

11 October 2017
Surfs up? Not at these Sydney beaches thanks to poor water quality
Sydneysiders’ plans for summer beach dips might be hindered following the release of water quality data grading as many as 16 swimming spots susceptible to faecal pollution. One in six areas ...

10 October 2017
Bendigo’s groundwater problem gets short-term reprieve
A new pipeline project could provide an interim solution to rising groundwater caused by the cessation of mining activity in Bendigo. Coliban Water is managing the $30 million state government ...

10 October 2017
New irrigation sensors help Aussie farmers battle droughts
New irrigation sensor technology is helping Australian farmers battle drought by identifying precise water quantity requirements for various crops, soil types and plant age. The technology uses ...

9 October 2017
New Yarra River law gives voice to traditional owners
A new law passed by the Victorian Government combines traditional Indigenous knowledge with modern management practice to protect the Yarra River. The Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin ...

9 October 2017
Water researchers exchange knowledge with China
Students from Western Australia’s Murdoch University have been researching water pollution in China under the supervision of a leading Australian ecotechnology expert. Winning the WA Water ...

6 October 2017
Ballina turns to recycled water
Following months of low rainfall, Ballina Shire Council has launched its drought-proof water service, with over 900 properties in the Ballina region turned onto recycled water. Water and Wastewater ...

6 October 2017
Does SA hold the key to a colony on Mars?
South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent on earth, and its water provision utility could be in the running to provide water conservation expertise for expedition projects on Mars ...

5 October 2017
Environmental concerns raised over WA irrigation project
A proposed irrigation development in northern Western Australia is being opposed by environmental groups, who argue the project could permanently damage the Fitzroy River. Located ...

5 October 2017
Puerto Ricans still without safe water
Nearly half of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are still without access to safe water following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in late September. Governor Ricardo Rosselló ...

4 October 2017
Sydney’s water use at record highs last month
Sydney’s water use peaked at almost 2 billion litres one Saturday last month, as residents battled through the city’s driest spell in more than a century. The amount of water used on that ...

4 October 2017
Australia at risk of wasting billions on water infrastructure
The Productivity Commission’s draft report has warned Australia is at risk of spending billions of dollars on water infrastructure that isn’t needed due to inadequate planning. The draft ...

3 October 2017
New perspectives on recycled water
Last month five Australian Young Water Professionals travelled to Denmark to participate in the 2017 UNLEASH Innovation Lab, and one has returned with a greater interest in how water ...

3 October 2017
Update: Australia’s pumped hydro storage potential
A pumped hydro storage study conducted through the Australian National University has identified a total 22,000 potential sites for energy storage across Australia, a figure exceeding ...

3 October 2017
IWA Governing Assembly meets in Prague
The IWA Governing Assembly met in Prague last week and Australia was represented by Darryl Day, Chair of the IWA Australia Committee (a constitutional Branch of the Australian ...