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. […]
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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 […]
Sydney Water has rolled out a $2 million pilot smart meter program, which has already reduced the average bill by $70 for residents across Liverpool, Beecroft, Bellevue Hill and Kenthurst, where 7,500 smart meters were installed. Residents saved 28,000L of water between April and November 2023 after Sydney Water sent 313 early leak detection notifications. Sydney Water’s Head of Customer […]
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 […]
The Federal Government has reached an agreement with the Australian Greens to strengthen the Restoring Our Rivers Bill. The agreement includes an independent audit of water allocated to the environment throughout the Murray-Darling basin, $100 million allocated to help First Nations people to participate in the water market and allowing the Commonwealth Government power to cancel state-run water-saving infrastructure projects. […]
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 Queensland State Government has secured a $4.5 million investment for a new Central Queensland regional water assessment (CQ RWA) from the National Water Grid Fund. The investment is part of $11.5 million that the State Government secured from the Federal Government for collaborative strategic planning work across Queensland. The CQ RWA is designed to ensure Queenslanders have safe, reliable […]
A $6.3 million upgrade of the water infrastructure in Katanning is set to shore up water security for residents in and around Kojonup, Western Australia. The project involved replacing 2.2km of pipeline from Pemble Street to Kojonup-Katanning Road, easing pressure on other supply infrastructure and reducing potential leaks. The upgraded main is part of a 40km conveyance pipeline, which runs […]
The $568.9 million Rockwood Weir has finished construction, and is set to yield 86,000ML each year to boost economic growth, agricultural production and industry in Central Queensland. It is the largest weir completed in Australia since World War Two. It is also the largest piece of new water infrastructure delivered in Australia since the Queensland Government completed Wyaralong Dam 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. […]
The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) has announced the winner of its nation-wide Best Tasting Tap Water competition for 2023. Tasmania’s TasWater Fern Tree water treatment plant has taken out the title, competing against samples from South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales/ACT and Western Australia. The competition was facilitated by WIOA, with the winner announced at the Lilydale […]
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 […]
Multiple states across the country are set to compete in the annual Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) IXOM 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition, on 18 November, with the winner to represent the country in the International competition in early 2024. The state representatives competing for the 2023 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia include the […]
The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant (ASDP) has received environmental approval from state and federal regulators, bringing delivery of Perth’s next major water source a step closer. The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has approved the 100 billion-litre-a-year plant that is set to secure drinking water for millions of Western Australians. It follows assessment by the […]
SA Water crews have removed numerous car rims and concrete covers in the Edinburgh sewage chamber, which has the potential to cause sewage overflows if not removed. The haul of bizarre objects from Edinburgh’s sewers included five car rims, two rectangular concrete covers, a circular concrete cover, and smaller pieces of broken concrete. SA Water’s Senior Manager of Field Operations, […]
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 New South Wales Government has announced it will attempt to address the shortage of skilled water operators in New South Wales by rolling out up to 900 fee-free vocational training placements across the state. Over the next four years there is expected to be a deficit of 1,476 qualified water technicians, with the government saying that this program will […]
The New South Wales Government has announced investments totaling $6.2 million to boost drought resilience and water security in the face of the drying conditions across the Central Tablelands. The investments include: $5.5 million to connect Cowra and the Central Tablelands Water systems, so the region can share water when supplies hit critically low levels $150,000 to help Central Tablelands […]
As Melbourne’s population continues to grow, maintaining and upgrading essential infrastructure is a must. More than 5 million people already live in the city, which means sewerage systems need to be able to handle a staggering amount of waste. The Hobsons Bay Main Sewer is responsible for 30 per cent of Melbourne’s wastewater, by transporting it to the Western Treatment […]
The Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) has held its annual IXOM Best Tasting Tap Water competitions for New South Wales and the ACT, and Western Australia, the winners of which will go head to head against each other and other states for the national title. Water Corporation’s Cue Water Treatment Plant won the Western Australian title and Rous County Council’s […]
Two changes have been made on the Tasmanian Water Miscellaneous Amendments (Delegation and Industrial Water Supply) Bill 2023, with the bill now allowing Irrigation to supply bulk raw Hydro water for hydrogen production, and secondly facilitating community management of irrigation schemes. Tasmanian Minister for Water and Primary Industries, Jo Palmer, said, “The Government’s priority is for local communities to have […]
Stage two construction has commenced on the Haughton Pipeline Project, with pipes going into the ground. More than 28km of pipeline is being installed as part of the project – Townsville’s largest water infrastructure project – to help bolster Townsville’s water security. The pipeline project has been identified as one of Townsville’s most significant infrastructure projects in decades and a […]
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 […]
The New South Wales and Federal Governments have announced they will each invest $3 million, for a total of $6 million, to investigate industrial water recycling in Tamworth. The final business case to investigate building the state’s first regional industrial advanced water treatment plant would significantly reduce the amount of town water being used by four major commercial processing and […]
In October 2022, central Victoria was hit with a major flooding event that devastated local communities. Homeowners were forced to evacuate as floodwaters damaged homes, rivers and roads. But amidst unprecedented circumstances, Coliban Water’s unwavering focus on caring for customers, and staff dedication to local communities helped it act quickly to mitigate the damage. Coliban Water Managing Director, Damian Wells, […]
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 […]
Accurate utility location is vital for many types of construction and development projects, as well as for routine maintenance and repair of utilities. Failure to locate and properly mark utilities can result in damage, costly repairs, service disruptions, and potential safety hazards. That’s why utilities and local governments are looking for solutions that can help them get the job done […]
Yarra Valley Water has announced a new strategic partnership to harness the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) and help digitise its asset networks. The strategic partnership with Sagemcom Australasia is designed to take full advantage of the IoT to help enhance customer experiences, provide early notification of network faults and develop improved asset management predictive models and investment […]
Western Australia utility company, Water Corporation, has announced that its Chair will step down effective immediately. Western Australia Minister for Water, Simone McGurk, acknowledged outgoing Water Corporation Chair, Ross Love, for his leadership and service to the organisation’s Board of Directors over the past three years. Mr Love, who was appointed to the role in September 2020, will step down […]
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 […]
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