The Wallis Lake dredging operation at Tuncurry has commenced – news welcomed by New South Wales Member for Myall Lakes, Tanya Thompson. MidCoast Council has confirmed the process will start with dredging mobilisation. This mobilisation phase will include the setup of a temporary deposition site at Vincent Fazio Park in Tuncurry; an essential step in ensuring the smooth progress of […]
From maintaining hydration and protecting public health to supporting social and economic development, water is a critical part of everyday life. However for some outback towns, clean drinking water doesn’t flow freely from their taps. In an effort to provide better amenities to remote first nations communities and secure the state’s water supply, SA Water is looking to desalination. For […]
A sewer in Adelaide’s north-east has had a half-tonne tree root removed by SA Water, potentially preventing community interruptions and sewage overflows. The five-kilometre-long, 675-millimetre-diameter sewerage pipe travels beneath suburban streets and reserves between Bridge Road in Walkley Heights and Kelly Road in Para Vista, with a large number of trees in the area. During a 30-minute period, SA Water’s […]
Technical and environmental studies have begun for EnergyAustralia’s proposed Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro Project, which is set to be located in Lithgow, New South Wales. The commencement of work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) follows the release of the New South Wales Government’s Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). EnergyAustralia’s Lake Lyell Project Director, Mike de Vink, said a team […]
Two 66,000V transformers have been installed as part of the construction of the Tonsley East Substation, which is set to supply electricity to tunnel-boring machines for the River Torrens to Darlington project. The substation, which will be built, owned and operated by SA Power Networks, is being established on the site of the recently demolished Mitsubishi building fronting South Road […]
After receiving concerns about the visibility of its proposed Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro project, EnergyAustralia has announced that the project’s upper reservoir is now set to be constructed behind the southern ridge of Mt Walker, and its pumphouse is to be located underground. The Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro project is in the feasibility stage with a decision on proceeding expected […]
The Federal and Northern Territory Governments are investing millions into helping deliver essential services such as access to clean drinking water and reliable power to remote communities. A $17.5 million investment made by the Federal Government, with $9.1 million from the Northern Territory will see two critical projects built in two remote communities across the territory whilst $92.8 million is […]
Though pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting fluids underground, the complexities presented by a marine environment need to be respected. With new environmental regulations and climate change impacts affecting industry productivity, businesses must create innovative designs for long-lasting pipelines. Brisbane-based horizontal directional drilling (HDD) specialists, Pipeline Drillers Group, recently worked in conjunction with the Australian Bay […]
Spiral wound lining is a sustainable method of pipe maintenance, allowing water authorities and councils to renew their critical infrastructure. The technology and techniques for this cost-effective solution are constantly evolving to allow the maintenance of pipes that would otherwise be unrepairable. Spiral wound lining is a trenchless technology that uses a continuous plastic strip to form liners in gravity […]
The Queensland Government has announced that the draft Tablelands Regional Water Assessment is now open for public comment, following expert analysis and consultation with industry representatives. The community is encouraged to have their say on future water supply options in the region as part of the development of the Tablelands Regional Water Assessment. Regional Water Assessments set out how existing […]
The Western Australian Government is set to provide the shires of Narembeen and Narrogin with $160,600 in combined funding as part of the Community Water Supplies Partnership Program. The Shire of Narembeen will receive $85,000 for four water tanks, which will store harvested rainwater from the roof of the Narembeen District High School. The collected water will reduce the school’s […]
SA Water has commenced construction on a desalination plant at Marree, South Australia, bringing a new desalinated drinking water supply another step closer to the community. Following months of design, planning and approvals, the project’s major construction partner – John Holland–Guidera O’Connor joint venture – has commenced on-ground concreting and earthworks at the site on Fourth Street, ahead of the […]
Genex Power Limited has announced that construction activities are continuing for the 250MW/2,000MWh Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro), which remains on track for energisation in 2024. Following continued excavation works in favourable ground conditions, Genex has reported the powerhouse cavern roof has now been fully excavated. The focus of works is now on a program of rock bolting and […]
The second largest water pumping station that Sydney Water has ever built is nearing completion, with 84,000 south-west Sydney dwellings set to benefit. The Liverpool pumping station is part of a $450 million investment known as the Prospect to Macarthur Project (ProMac), which will upgrade and expand the city’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Once completed, the station will help create […]
Gippsland Water’s latest $3 million project sees the utility switching on more than 2,000 solar panels at its largest wastewater treatment plant, the Gippsland Water Factory in Morwell. The site treats 20 million litres of wastewater from nine towns and major industries each day, servicing the needs of more than 48,000 customers and 300 local businesses. The latest solar panel […]
With a growing population, a changing climate and the desire to improve the liveability of South East Queensland front of mind, Unitywater has harnessed the power of science, technology and Mother Nature to implement key infrastructure projects that will help reduce the utility’s operating footprint. Unitywater Executive Manager Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions, Daniel Lambert, expands on some of the projects and […]
Water Corporation has finished construction of a permanent wastewater main in Fitzroy Crossing, as part of flood recovery efforts. The previous pipeline attached to the Fitzroy River Bridge was damaged during a one-in-100-year flood event following ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie. In February 2023, Water Corporation installed a temporary main to transfer the town’s wastewater from the western side of the river […]
By Ryan Collins & Kareen Moraes, Graduate Engineers from Greater Western Water On 23 February, 2023, 180 people from across the water industry joined together for the second SWAN Asia-Pacific Alliance Workshop in Melbourne. SWAN – the Smart Water Networks Forum – is the leading global hub for the smart water sector. The event drew in utility and industry experts […]
The key to Australian water utilities dealing with the impacts of climate change is the use of innovative technology in water and wastewater treatment and management. Procuring the right technology for your utility’s specific operations is essential to bring sustainability and innovation goals from ideas to reality. By introducing sustainable management strategies into an asset’s entire lifecycle, utilities can ensure […]
New figures, released by SA Water, indicate a significant decrease in 2022 of sewer blockages caused by unflushable objects in South Australia. A group of unflushable objects, led by wet wipes, cooking fats and oils, and even weird and problematic items such as superhero costumes, were responsible for 1,746 blockages over a six-month period in 2021 – during the same […]
The Laramba Water Treatment Plant has officially opened, with the use of ion-exchange technology to treat drinking water and reduce naturally occurring uranium levels to well below Australian Drinking Water Guideline (ADWG) levels – increasing accessibility to clean water for remote communities. Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles, said, the state government is committed to improving living conditions for remote […]
The Federal Government has announced an investment of $9.2 million to design an enduring arrangement for First Nations peoples to own, access, and manage water in the country. First Nations have been calling for enduring water holding arrangements for more than a decade. Currently, First Nations peoples hold rights to about 40 per cent of Australian land through native title […]
City of Marion’s $5.67 million water recovery project aimed at improving water recovery and reducing reliance on irrigated River Murray water has progressed to the construction phase. A 14km pipeline extension at Marion is expected to deliver at least 143ML of non-potable water to local parks and reserves, reducing the reliance on irrigated River Murray water. The pipeline extension will […]
Sydney Water’s $4.3 million state-of-the-art Leura Water Pumping Station (WPS) in the Blue Mountains has almost completed construction, and will be crucial in mitigating the risk of water supply loss for up to 60,000 people during low rainfall events and drought conditions. Operating at full capacity, the Leura WPS will transfer the equivalent of 16 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water […]
Stage one of the $2.5 million upgrade to Yass Water Treatment Plant is finished, bringing further security and better quality water to the region. New South Wales Minister for Lands and Water, Kevin Anderson, said the upgraded infrastructure will enhance the quality and reliability of the water for the local community, particularly during extreme wet and dry weather which is […]
The Queensland Government has locked in the multi-million dollar final funding for the Toowoomba to Warwick Pipeline, with construction expected to start in 2023. The project will support more than 400 jobs in the south west regions. Queensland Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, said a lot of hard work has gone into making the final funding decision. “Even while negotiations […]
The Darwin River Dam is due to receive a new pump station to be built to ensure a sustainable and secure water supply for Territorians. Northern Territory Power and Water has awarded the design and construction tender for the new Darwin River Dam pump station to McMahon Services Australia (NT). Northern Territory Minister for Essential Services, Selena Uibo, said, “Darwin’s […]
Cairns Regional Council has completed the upgrade to its 65-year-old sewage pump station. The $12 million project included the decommissioning and demolition of the old pump station (known as SPS K) and the construction of the new pump station (SPS CN1). The largest of Cairns’ sewage pumping stations, it can transfer raw sewage from the network to the Northern Wastewater […]
The installation of a new sewer rising main pipeline has marked the completion of TasWater’s upgrade works to the St John Street Sewage Pump Station in Launceston, and advanced environmental outcomes for Launceston’s Tamar Estuary. Completion of this project marks a significant milestone for the Tamar Estuary River Health Action Plan (TERHAP) and is a key project to improve the […]
$2.4 million in Federal Government funding has been allocated to the Nap Nap Station Water Efficiency Project, which aims to recover around 150ML of water annually – the equivalent of 60 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, said water recovery targets under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan are important for all Australians […]
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