$600 million of sewage treatment upgrades are in the pipeline for City of Gold Coast, including a $160 million upgrade to expand the Coombabah Sewage Treatment Plant’s total capacity by 30 per cent to service an additional 140,000 people. The City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said that the $160 million upgrades ensure that the Coombabah Sewage Treatment Plant […]
The Queensland Government has announced that a pilot water treatment plant is under construction downstream of Wyaralong Dam, as part of a project to connect the dam to the SEQ Water Grid. The project, which was outlined in the government’s Water Security Program 2023, is designed to bolster South East Queenslanders’ water security to cater for the region’s growing population. […]
The Western Australia State Government has announced it will provide $2.8 billion to secure the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant, Perth’s next major source of drinking water. Site works have now begun at the location for the future 100-billion-litre seawater desalination plant, heralding a significant milestone in its delivery. The new plant, supported using the state budget surplus, is set to […]
Urban Utilities is celebrating 100 years of one of the city’s most important pieces of essential infrastructure, the Luggage Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The world-class facility – today known as the Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre – was officially opened on 23 November 1923. Urban Utilities Chief Executive Officer, Paul Arnold, said the plant was well ahead of its time […]
Melbourne Water has completed a pilot program using digital twin technology that facilitates the prediction of recycled water quality. The pilot program found that the digital twin technology had an accuracy rate of 75 per cent and has been used to forecast recycled water quality up to 48 hours in advance, providing valuable insights for water management and ensuring the […]
Barwon Water has announced that plans to upgrade the sewer pipeline between the Barwon River and the Barwon Heads pump station are progressing. Barwon Water Managing Director, Shaun Cumming, said the works were needed to prevent sewer spills in the future, protect the environment and maintain reliable sewerage services. “This pipeline is a very important piece of sewerage infrastructure, in […]
The first officially certified flushable products to meet a new national standard are now on supermarket shelves in Australia, following world-leading flushability testing. Urban Utilities is one of three companies globally carrying out the testing at its Innovation Centre in Brisbane, which gives products the right to display a new logo indicating they can be safely flushed down the loo. […]
Sydney Water has opened its Purified Recycled Water (PRW) demonstration plant in Western Sydney, a $26 million investment designed to help safeguard Sydney’s water supply. The opening of the plant comes as Warragamba Dam levels drop a further two per cent. Dams across Greater Sydney have collectively dropped 0.3 per cent, down to 88 per cent capacity, while Warragamba Dam […]
As the country works to meet renewable energy targets, recycled water has an important role to play, both in the generation of this energy and in ensuring that the burden of the transition to net zero is not placed on drinking water reserves. Renewables will soon replace non-renewables as the main energy source for our homes, businesses and communities, helping […]
The Queensland Government has announced that it will be supporting the Stage 1 development of a new water treatment plant in Ayr, by providing $46.88 million in funding to the Burdekin Shire Council. This funding package also provides support for costs associated with refurbishing South Ayr bores to supplement current drinking water supplies and is part of an ongoing management […]
To ensure that piping equipment remains functional and leak-free, selecting the right seal model to suit the nature of the substances it comes into contact with is of the utmost importance. Here we take a look at a recent case study and discuss the considerations that need to be made when choosing a seal. An Australian potato chip factory built […]
Growing global concern about microplastics has spurred a range of research and studies into the different methods that can be adopted to reduce their widespread presence. Recent studies undertaken by South East Water can help water utilities gain invaluable first experiences in sampling and characterising this contaminant. Concurrent with the increase in production and usage of plastic materials worldwide has […]
With the arrival of El Niño comes pressing concerns for water security and inevitable water restrictions as utilities are faced with the challenge of limited water supply. Equipping consumers with water consumption data allows them to keep a close eye on their water usage, and reduce water waste at a time when every drop counts. As we approach the hot […]
Australian utilities are sitting on a bounty of untapped biogas that has the potential to transform the energy landscape, supercharge a site’s energy efficiency and drastically improve their bottom line. Here we discuss how this untapped resource can drive the energy transition. Waste to energy technologies that harness the power of biogas are mature and transformative solutions that achieve the […]
Construction for the South Coast and Southern Highlands sewerage service upgrades have commenced, after the New South Wales Government granted $9.6 million in funding. The investment from the New South Wales Government includes $3 million to link 57 houses in Akolele to the Bermagui Sewage Treatment Plant, co-funded by the State Government and Eurobodalla Shire Council, and $6.6 million to […]
40 Robust Oyster Baskets (ROBs) have been installed in the upper reaches of the Pine River, downstream of Unitywater’s Murrumba Downs Wastewater Treatment Plant, as part of the Oyster Reef Restoration project. The project aims to determine the effectiveness and value of oysters to filter nutrients in waterways over the next five years and could reshape the future of shellfish […]
Water Corporation has completed an $8.3 million upgrade to the Mowanjum wastewater treatment plant as part of its new Aboriginal Communities Water Services (ACWS) program, resulting in the state’s first licensed plant in an Aboriginal community. Mowanjum, near Derby, Western Australia, is the first community to receive improved water infrastructure under the Western Australia Government’s commitment to raise the standard […]
TasWater has officially opened its upgraded Bryn Estyn water treatment plant, set to ensure water security for 200,000 customers in southern Tasmania. TasWater’s said its largest ever capital works project – delivered on time and under its $243.9 million budget – will provide safe, clean and reliable drinking water for generations of Tasmanians. TasWater Chief Executive Officer, George Theo, said […]
More than 27km of large-scale water and wastewater pipes have been delivered to the Sunshine Coast site of the $270 million Unitywater Aura and Harmony Infrastructure Program, marking a major construction milestone. In total, around 160 semi-trailer deliveries of pipe will arrive on site, which includes the batch of pipes just recently delivered from Toowoomba-based manufacturer Vinidex. To mark the […]
The construction of a new $9.64 million water treatment plant that will supply water to the community of Tenterfield, New South Wales, has been completed. The previous plant – which was 90 years old – was inefficient and unreliable, losing one litre of water for every litre of potable water that was produced. The new facility will treat up to […]
Central Coast Council has awarded a contract for Bateau Bay Sewage Treatment Plant’s odour facilities, marking another step towards the $35 million upgrade for the sewerage treatment plan This contract for the design and construction of a new inlet works Odour Control Facility and the full refurbishment of the Primary Sedimentation Tanks Odour Control Facility has been awarded to Gongues […]
Sydney Water is conducting upgrades to the Richmond Wastewater network to help accommodate the rapidly increasing population, with the construction upgrade expected to create 200 job opportunities. The project will include a new wastewater pumping station and the construction of a new seven kilometre main which is expected to transfer wastewater from North Richmond to Richmond. The improvements are in […]
With climate change, population growth, and industrial development placing pressure on our finite water supplies, the challenges water utilities face are growing more complex, and there has never been a more urgent time for innovative and sustainable solutions to manage our most precious resource. Recycling water is one of the key ways that utilities can keep up with this demand […]
Construction is now complete on an 8km pipe connecting Plainland to the Laidley Wastewater Treatment Plant, Urban Utilities has announced. It signals a major milestone in Urban Utilities’ $32 million project to upgrade essential wastewater infrastructure in the Lockyer Valley. Urban Utilities spokesperson Michelle Cull said the project would cater for projected growth in the area through to 2040. “We […]
Councillors from the MidCoast Council have voted unanimously in favour of adopting Our Water Our Future 2050, a long-term water strategy outlining how Council will provide sustainable and affordable water and sewage services to the community over the next 30 years. The Council said it is setting sights on building new off-stream storage dams and recycling larger volumes of wastewater […]
A major milestone has been reached on a $45 million infrastructure upgrade project by Urban Utilities in Brisbane, as a tunnel borer has emerged in Windsor after digging beneath one of the city’s busiest motorways. The project involves building a new wastewater pipe four storeys below ground, from Bowen Hills to Windsor. Urban Utilities spokesperson, Emily Arnold, said the tunnel […]
A $94 million upgrade to the North Head Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has seen more than 100 workers construct and install the two new digesters, which will almost double the facility’s capacity of sludge production for fertiliser from 40t to 70t per day by the year 2043. Recovering biosolids from the new digesters will help reduce the waste in […]
The New South Wales Government has announced that construction is now complete on a $55 million pipeline connecting the Calala Water Treatment Plant in Tamworth to the Dungowan Showgrounds, expected to save up to 2.2ML of water per day. The State and Federal Governments jointly funded the project, helping drought-proof local water supplies by improving the reliability and efficiency of […]
Raw water nitrate concentration can sometimes vary greatly, and water utilities need a reliable, sustainable and low-maintenance technology to ensure safe drinking water. Real-time monitoring of nitrate concentration utilising spectrophotometric sensors offers security in the treatment of the water and helps to optimise the blending process, while saving energy and reducing costs. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants and […]
GWMWater has announced that construction on the SmartWater recycled water pipeline has begun, as part of the Horsham Agriculture SmartWater and Integrated Water Management Project. Once construction is complete, the SmartWater recycled water pipeline will run along the Wimmera Highway from Rudolphs Rd to the Horsham Racecourse, as well as north along Curran Rd to the Aerodrome, Langlands Park and […]
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