Toowoomba Regional Council is preparing to roll out smart water meters and has posted a Request for Proposal for the latest technology to the open market. Water and Waste Committee Chair, Cr Rebecca Vonhoff, said the Request for Proposal will ensure that commercial providers can meet council’s requirements. “The smart water meters will bring significant benefits,” Cr Vonhoff said. “The […]
At Programmed, building outstanding people helps build strong customers, which in turn creates great communities. And for the company, that’s the reason it puts people first. It allows the company to provide its customers with people who are passionate about what they do and invested in giving back to the communities they work in and the customers they serve. Working […]
SA Water has launched a three-year Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to increase its support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. The plan lays out key actions for SA Water to undertake over 2020-23. These initiatives include the direct employment of First Nations water professionals and businesses for various capital projects, as well as encouraging its major contractors and […]
Western Australia’s Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has officially launched an innovative community battery storage trial in Margaret River, which will be run over five years. Located at the Margaret River Recreation Centre, the 464 kilowatt hour Tesla battery will improve power quality for the local community and allow more homes to install solar panels. Western Power will operate the battery […]
A focus on changing attitudes towards water has enabled the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation to prolong the life of precious water sources. Power and Water, the Territory’s multi-utility, has about 51,000 water customers spread across an area spanning 1.3 million square kilometres. Most water sources are isolated, with around 90 different sources for 92 communities, including the major […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has published a consultation paper seeking stakeholder feedback on six proposed changes to the National Electricity Rules. The proposals outline new ways to deliver essential system services that keep the power system operating within key technical settings. As the power system transitions to a lower emission generation mix, moving away from a system of […]
Seqwater has begun using remote control mini-helicopters to deliver precision attacks against invasive weeds threatening South East Queensland’s water supply. The organisation is deploying a 3.5m-long Yamaha RMax helicopter above Wappa Dam to attack an infestation of Water Hyacinth in the drinking water storage. Drones are swiftly becoming an invaluable tool in monitoring and managing aquatic weeds in South East […]
From 1 July 2020, AGL will offer a certified carbon neutral option for all of its electricity plans. The company’s Carbon Neutral electricity product is certified by the Federal Government’s Climate Active Program, and will provide customers with a greener option on all AGL plans. This marks a major step in AGL’s goal to provide customers with choices to support […]
Blue House Dubbo, a new initiative from Dubbo Regional Council, is a fully-functioning interactive home that demonstrates water saving tips and design. The Blue House Dubbo was developed as an extension of the Virtual Blue House concept, created by Smart Approved Water Mark, as a key aspect of council’s Drought Media and Communication Strategy to communicate to the community how […]
AusNet Services has commenced community consultation on the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project. Described as Victoria’s most critical transmission network project in three decades, it aims to deliver clean and affordable energy to customers across the state. When fully operational in 2025, the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project will see approximately 190km of overhead transmission line and infrastructure constructed, substantially […]
The Federal Court has dismissed an appeal in legal proceedings against Kimberly-Clark, ruling that the company did not mislead customers about its wipes being flushable. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleged that by Kimberly-Clark labelling its Kleenex Cottonelle toilet wipes products as ‘flushable’, consumers would believe the Kleenex wipes products had similar characteristics to toilet paper and would […]
Water deficiency has been declared in the Shires of Jerramungup and Esperance, bringing the total of such declarations in Western Australia to 12 since May 2019. The WA Government has now begun carting water to the shires for emergency water supplies for animal welfare needs. The official declaration follows applications from the Shire of Jerramungup on behalf of ten farmers […]
Icon Water has released a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, laying out its strategy to cut its emissions, conserve water and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. The plan sets outs how Icon Water will: Continue to work to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency through emission reduction programs Continue to collaborate with partners and the community […]
By Siobhan Day, Content Specialist, Utility magazine Accessing clean and reliable drinking water is an issue facing many remote and isolated communities across Australia. Utilising the power of community, smart meter technology, and First Peoples’ knowledge and connection to water and country, a recent project by Griffith University researchers has provided pragmatic and cost-effective options for alternative water management approaches […]
Non-network solutions are increasingly used to ensure reliability during peak demand events, requiring network distribution businesses to engage with customers to reduce load. By understanding consumer household decision-making and electricity use, CitiPower Powercor created insights to engage customers with messaging, solutions and tactics to maximise participation in peak demand events. CitiPower supplies power to a 157 kilometre square area across […]
Water companies and local councils are urging residents to only dispose of flushable items in toilets, as major wastewater pipe and pump blockages are becoming more frequent. Water Corporation, Western Australia’s principal supplier of water, wastewater and drainage services, reiterated to the community that ensuring they only flush the 3Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper – would greatly assist […]
Jemena has teamed up with Saltbush Social Enterprises, part of the Karen Sheldon Group, to launch a new Indigenous Workforce Mentoring Program: Pipeline to Success. Jemena’s Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said, “This program has been specifically developed for disadvantaged Indigenous job seekers in the Northern Territory’s Barkly region. It aims to equip participants with mentoring and leadership skills so they […]
Townsville City Council will install up to 2,300 smart water meters in local residents’ properties as part of the next phase of the Water Smart Campaign. The council is now calling for residents who are interested in having the smart water meters installed at their property, allowing them to track water consumption and monitor for leaks or periods of high […]
The Australian Water Association (AWA) has called on its members to pass on their thoughts and experiences with COVID-19 to the Federal Government. As Australia’s peak national water association, AWA is in a unique position to communicate the views and recommendations from the water industry to the government. AWA’s membership includes the utilities, contractors, consultants and suppliers to the water […]
By Janine Young, NSW Energy and Water Ombudsman In response to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)’s recent Statement of Expectations for energy providers, Janine Young argues that COVID-19 could be the circuit breaker and the stimulus for making a long-term, sustainable shift to energy affordability. COVID-19 has amplified an existing and worrying issue for many Australians – energy affordability. Now […]
Energy Networks Australia has stressed that the uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic makes preventative maintenance more crucial than ever. The industry body highlighted that these works were essential to protect lives, prevent damage to properties and keep the power on for the future. Energy Networks Australia released a video explaining why the critical maintenance of planned outages is needed to ensure […]
The Victorian Government has opened up community consultation into the rules governing water trade from the Goulburn River to the Murray Valley. A recent review identified that the current rules are not protecting the lower Goulburn River and do not provide a fair system for all water users to trade water. Expert advice has noted that unseasonably high flows in […]
The Draft Yarra Strategic Plan, developed by the Traditional Owners, local councils and government agencies, has called on Victorians to help shape plans to protect Melbourne’s Yarra River from a growing city and warming climate. The Draft Yarra Strategic Plan aims to help deliver on landmark legislation, the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017, which enshrined in law […]
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By Kate Crawford, Paul Reed and Roshni Sharma, Locate20 Organising Committee Communication is vital to keep communities affected by bushfires proactive, resilient and prepared. The 2019/20 bushfire disasters have heightened public awareness of the need to improve communication within communities and with officials about danger and to locate resources in chaotic conditions when normal services are not available or visibility […]
Global leader in water infrastructure data analytics software, Innovyze, has announced that it is looking toward the future of water operations by acquiring AI and machine learning company, Emagin. The AI platform that Emagin has designed continuously learns from a system’s ever-changing patterns and can provide actionable knowledge for effective decision-making. This advanced technology from Emagin allows Innovyze to enable […]
The 2019 Western Australia Gas Statement of Opportunities has found that continued development of the state’s natural gas resources is essential to ensuring increased supply and competitive prices for Western Australian gas users. The report presents the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) assessment of Western Australia’s domestic gas market for the ten-year outlook period 2020 to 2029. In its base […]
Barwon Water’s Class A recycled water is now flowing through purple pipes to homes in Armstrong Creek and parts of Torquay, Mount Duneed and Charlemont in Victoria. The Class A recycled water is treated and disinfected at the state-of-the-art Black Rock Water Recycling Facility before being pumped to holding tanks in Torquay and Mt Duneed. From there it is distributed […]
The renewables sector in the Australian capital is set to receive a boost with the second round of the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund (REIF) Direct Grants and a new REIF co-funding scheme for clean tech announced by the ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury. The ACT Government’s $12 million REIF is providing up to $2.5 million of […]
WaterStart has welcomed Seqwater as the latest addition to its membership. The bulk water authority’s assets stretch from Gympie to the New South Wales border, and west to the base of the Toowoomba ranges with over 600km of pipeline. Seqwater has a robust plan to safeguard water sources to meet the future needs of South East Queensland in a changing […]
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