This past summer, communities along the River Murray in South Australia experienced flooding not seen in decades. Harnessing a combination of proactive planning, extensive infrastructure assessments and a hands-on community engagement approach, SA Water was able to largely maintain essential services throughout this generational natural event, including an uninterrupted drinking water supply. Peaking at around 190GL per day at the […]
Western Australian Water Minister, Simone McGurk, has announced the new Chair of the Vasse Taskforce. Member for North Metropolitan, Pierre Yang, will step into the role, leading the important work being conducted by the Vasse Taskforce, and reaffirming the Western Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to managing the health of the Geographe waterways. The main objective of the Vasse Taskforce is […]
Regional Victorian water authority, Coliban Water, has used a state-of-the-art laser-guided tunnel bore to install a new 507m section of sewer trunk main in White Hills, in suburban Bendigo. The opportunity to use the tunnel bore was recommended by local contractor, R&R McClure, in its tender submission. According to Coliban Water’s Manager of Infrastructure, Corey Bourne, they suggested using the […]
An increasing reliance on technology in water and wastewater infrastructure management has resulted in cybersecurity challenges becoming a significant concern in the sector, and one that must be addressed to ensure a safe and reliable water supply. As more critical infrastructure is connected to the internet or accessible to staff, it is increasingly targeted by cybercriminals interested in breaching operational […]
Across Australia and the globe, EJ is relied upon to design, manufacture and distribute exceptional access solutions for vital infrastructure projects. These projects support the stormwater, wastewater and telecommunications networks necessary in modern society. Each day, EJ solutions play a vital role in the development and maintenance of public and private infrastructure. In early 2022, a series of floods hit […]
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 MAPT is a multiport self-averaging flow meter with a design based on the classical pitot tube concept of fluid flow measurement. The MAPT produces an averaged differential pressure (DP) signal proportional to the square of the flow rate. The DP output is normally piped to a Differential Pressure transmitter in order to generate an electrical signal proportional to the […]
The second stage of Central Highlands Water’s Ballarat Sewer Build is now well underway, crossing the Yarrowee River last week. The $25 million sewer project will provide for another 100 years of growth and safe sanitation for the city, with 6km of duplicated sewer running from Ballarat East to Ballarat South. Stage 1 of the project – completed in early […]
W-Lab is a technology program, created in partnership with the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA), Isle Utilities and ThinkPlace, to identify the key challenges and to unite the local water industry in strategic problem solving. A W-Lab Roadmap was originally created in 2020 to present solutions to the local water industry, using innovative technologies. This roadmap was revitalised and […]
Sydney Water’s Johnstons Creek Naturalisation project was named the winner of the Excellence in Asset Management award at the Stormwater Australia National Awards for Excellence. The project involves the naturalisation and stabilisation of 610m of the Johnstons Creek stormwater channel between Rozelle Bay and The Crescent in Annandale, located in Sydney’s Inner West. Sydney Water’s revitalisation included planting tens of […]
The Western Australian Government has announced – ahead of next week’s State Budget – a $55 million investment in strategic water and wastewater infrastructure to support the creation of more than 15,000 new homes across the city. The program will be delivered by the Water Corporation to support the creation of more diverse, affordable housing in areas marked for new […]
Construction is progressing on Penneshaw’s new seawater desalination plant, with work now underway to install the next 20km of a large underground pipeline on Kangaroo Island. This section of water main forms part of a total 50km being laid, which will deliver safe, clean water to new and existing SA Water customers from the new desalination facility once operational from […]
Sydney Water is undertaking the first wastewater monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) deployment of its scale in Australia, which is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per month in potential blockages. The agreement will see Sydney Water spend $15 million dollars to install over 26,000 blockage detection devices across 4,600km of wastewater infrastructure by June 2024. Sydney Water has already […]
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 Queensland Government has announced the latest round of Building Our Regions funding, which will support 99 critical water and sewerage services improvement projects across 50 Queensland councils. This sixth round will be divided into two project types – planning and infrastructure. Planning projects are those where funding was sought for a range of activities to prepare for construction of […]
The future of water management drew Paul Arnold to the industry – here’s why Urban Utilities’ new CEO thinks now is the most exciting time to work in water. After more than three decades in the resources sector, Paul Arnold is now at the helm at one of Australia’s largest water service providers, Urban Utilities. Formerly the Chief Executive and […]
A merging of the former Dubbo City Council and Wellington Council’s water supply and sewage services charging structures to a single, consistent structure has been proposed by Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) as part of the 2023/2024 Operational Plan and Revenue Policy. Since the merge of Dubbo City Council and Wellington Council in 2016, DRC has continued to use the existing […]
The RACE for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre, in partnership with RMIT, Coliban Water, C4Net, Sydney Water, and Monash University, has launched its new Energy Flexibility for Water Corporations Project, which aims to address the challenges of the renewable transition for high demand users to net zero carbon emissions. The transition to renewable energy is critical for a more sustainable future, […]
A water recycling plant on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula has been shortlisted for Water Reuse Project of the Year at the 2023 Global Water Awards, the only Australian project to be selected. South East Water’s Boneo Water Recycling Plant achieved global recognition for its sustainability, placing it among the top projects of its kind in the world. The Global Water Awards […]
Melbourne Water is making an effort to reduce carbon emissions while also increasing energy production for the Winneke Water Treatment Plant through the construction of the Winneke Solar Farm. The 19,000 panel farm will deliver 12,400 MWh/annum, the equivalent of about 2,500 households’ yearly demand. All the energy produced will be used by the treatment plant and pumping stations. Any […]
A major upgrade of South Australia’s largest wastewater treatment plant at Bolivar is now underway, as part of SA Water’s $64 million investment to deliver a safer and more sustainable plant and support the state’s long-term growth. The plant’s current inlet structure – which is the first stage of the sewage treatment process – will be replaced to support higher […]
Digital technologies are providing water authorities with innovative, sustainable answers to long-term challenges like water leaks, which drive up customer bills and complaints. By monitoring water consumption, technologies such as smart meters can help utilities proactively communicate with their end-users through real-time data. As a result, utilities can bring transparency and improved control to their water supply chain, decrease costs […]
Sydney Water is implementing a large-scale wastewater monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) deployment, which will see the company spend $15 million dollars to install over 26,000 blockage detection devices across 4,600km of wastewater infrastructure by June 2024. Sydney Water has already installed 9,000 devices across the Sydney wastewater network that causes 70 per cent of overflows to the waterways. The […]
The Victorian Government is trialling a new program in Wangaratta to reduce carbon emissions by converting household sewage and green waste into a carbon-rich form of charcoal, potentially creating new jobs. If successful, the trial could lead to a major new facility and the creation of jobs for the region. State Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, launched the trial on […]
Urban Utilities has begun construction on a new tunnel to be dug beneath one of Brisbane’s busiest motorways, as part of a major waste infrastructure upgrade to cater for the city’s growing population. The $45 million project involves building a new kilometre-long wastewater pipe four storeys below ground, which will run from Bowen Hills to Windsor. Urban Utilities Spokesperson, Michelle […]
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 […]
SA Water is investing $2.6 million to upgrade a major wastewater main in Port Lincoln, as part of a four-year, $1.6 billion capital works program. 1km of new wastewater main will be laid underneath Lincoln Highway, between Shaen Street and Normandy Place, connecting to the existing local sewer network. SA Water’s General Manager of Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda Lewry, said upgrading […]
Sydney Water will invest more than $1 billion to build the Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC), which will use state-of-the-art technology to treat wastewater and produce high-quality recycled water for a range of reuse applications locally. The AWRC is a significant step forward in the sustainable development of Sydney’s Western Parkland City by building one of the […]
Upgrades to the Kyneton Recycled Water Irrigation project, a 14km pipeline network that connects the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to landowners and businesses in the Bendigo region, is now complete, delivering up to 300ML of recycled water for agricultural irrigation. The $7.5 million pipeline was jointly 50:50 funded by the Federal Government through the National Water Grid Fund and Coliban […]
Coliban Water is using a high-tech laser-guided tunnel bore to install a new sewer main in White Hills, which will be 507m-long and will replace the ageing East Bendigo sewer trunk main, improving the capacity of the network to carry sewage from growing suburbs. Manager Infrastructure, Corey Bourne, said the laser-boring technique is similar to that used in the Melbourne […]
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