Facing ongoing influences such as climate change, dam owners are under increasing pressure to ensure the safety of their assets. The consequences of failure are becoming more significant too, in light of factors like downstream urbanisation. With asset owners integrating new solutions to help them rise to the challenge, Hunter Water has turned its eyes skyward in a bid to […]
Barwon Water is gearing up to convert its disused Bellarine Basin site into more than 30 hectares of environmental and public open space. The project will see the removal of the old reservoir, enabling the natural headwaters of Yarram Creek to be restored and wetlands to be established. The pine tree plantation, which contains trees that are nearing the end […]
The preliminary phase of AGL and Idemitsu’s feasibility study for the proposed 250MW Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is close to completion. The preliminary engineering study began in 2019 to determine whether the project is technically feasible, provide cost estimates for both construction and operation, and assess the required planning and approval processes. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus […]
TasWater has commenced essential infrastructure upgrades at the Upper Reservoir Dam in the Waterworks Reserve, to bolster water supply for Hobart customers. The Upper Reservoir Dam is around 130 years old and is critical to Hobart’s water supply. TasWater Dam Safety Manager, Fraser White, said the works will include upgrading and improving the dam while maintaining its heritage elements. “Modifications […]
Queensland’s Coordinator-General has declared the $60 million Big Rocks Weir proposal a coordinated project. The proposal has been designed to boost water supply in the Charters Towers region. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Steven Miles, said the project will now undergo a full environmental impact assessment process “The Queensland Government supports progressing investigations into the construction of a […]
Several dams are overflowing across the states as rainfall and extreme weather conditions continue from two collided systems. The volume of water spilling from Warragamba Dam in NSW is currently 300 gigalitres per day (GL/day), after falling from an overnight peak of 500GL/day. This is down from yesterday’s initial spill rate of 450GL/day yesterday (Sunday, 21 March) as days of […]
Rookwood Weir is set to stand higher than originally anticipated, with the Queensland and Federal Governments each committing another $7.5 million for the project to unlock an additional 10,000ML of water for central Queensland. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said Sunwater and its construction partners have identified an opportunity in the design phase to raise the crest height of Rookwood Weir […]
In a landmark class action settlement ten years on from the Wivenhoe Dam flood disaster, almost 7,000 victims have been awarded a partial settlement of $440 million. Following a judgement by the NSW Supreme Court, the operators and engineers of Wivenhoe Dam were found responsible for actions that exacerbated the 2011 floods in Brisbane. It was found by experts that […]
The Victorian Government has released its 2020/21 Budget, which includes $562 million for river health, $65 million for urban waterways and $1.6 billion for clean energy. The $562 million to improve the health of Victorian rivers will preserve native habitats and help secure the future of the state’s waterways – and the Victorian businesses and jobs that rely on them. […]
Construction has begun on the $25.6 million Vasse Diversion Drain upgrade in Busselton, Western Australia, which will improve flood mitigation for the town during significant rainfall events. Water Corporation’s upgrade includes widening 5.5km of the drain and reconstructing dam structures to increase the drain’s capacity and improve the structural integrity of the banks, which were originally constructed in the 1920s. […]
$968 million has been allocated in the Western Australian Government’s 2020-21 State Budget for new regional water infrastructure projects over the next four years. The funding will also service improvements and upgrades to existing facilities through the Asset Investment Programs run by the State Government’s three water corporations. Regional Western Australia is expected to benefit from a range of water […]
Construction work is now underway on strengthening the embankment wall of the Ewen Maddock Dam, after the lake was lowered to less than 60 per cent. Together with Sunshine Coast-based local contractor Hall Contracting, Seqwater installed six siphons to safely release water. By using gravity and siphons in place of more traditional systems like diesel-fuelled pumps, carbon emissions have been […]
WaterNSW has been monitoring levels at the Warragamba Dam, which is now at 100 per cent capacity, and is taking steps to maintain operational safety while ensuring security of supply for Greater Sydney. All dams are either managed as water storage dams or flood mitigation dams. For water storage dams, the purpose is to store the maximum amount of water […]
WaterNSW is pressing on with its plans to replace the ageing Gin Gin Weir with a modern, sustainable structure. The existing structure is a rigid concrete wall built in the early 1900s, which is severely damaged and does not meet contemporary environmental requirements associated with allowing fish to migrate and mimicking natural flow variability. The need to replace the old […]
The contract for the build of Queensland’s $352 million Rookwood Weir has been awarded, with the project set to be a key component of Queensland’s COVID-19 recovery. The contract was awarded to Central Queensland’s McCosker Contracting and Lendlease Engineering. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said delivery of the project would create at least 140 local jobs. “Queensland has a plan for […]
Queensland’s Coordinator-General has declared the Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project, in the state’s north-east, a coordinated project. Burdekin Falls Dam, located 200km south of Townsville, is the largest dam in Queensland at four times the capacity of Sydney Harbour. The project is a proposal to raise the existing dam as a potential means to augment and increase water supply and […]
Seqwater has commissioned detector dogs to sniff out fox dens within dam catchments in South East Queensland to help protect native wildlife. As part of Seqwater’s pest management program, Springer Spaniel Halo and her handler Dennis Gannaway are working to control the negative impacts of foxes and other pest species. Seqwater Biosecurity Officer, Perry Ward, said the springer spaniels were […]
The Queensland Government has appointed national engineering consultancy Premise to oversee the final planning stages of Emu Swamp Dam, following an advanced release of $6 million to accelerate the process. The Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP) will deliver a 12,000ML dam at Emu Swamp, south-west of Stanthorpe, and 117km of pipeline to provide water to 51 agribusiness customers and bring […]
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 […]
WaterNSW has announced a business partnership with two specialist firms to plan, develop and deliver at least three major dam projects. WaterSecure – a joint venture comprising KBR and Aurecon – will assist WaterNSW with the three projects, and potentially more projects in the future. The projects represent a historic investment in water infrastructure on a scale not seen in […]
Seqwater will begin work to improve fire trails around the Leslie Harrison Dam catchment in South East Queensland. Seqwater crews will work with specialist contractors to widen, extend and enhance the fire trails, starting in May 2020. Fire trails are an important part of making sure fire crews can access and manage bushfires and hazard reduction burns safely. They are […]
Renewable energy, including the Battery of the Nation and Marinus Link, will form a key part of the Tasmanian Government’s plan to rebuild the state’s economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft Renewable Energy Action Plan lays out the Tasmanian Government’s strategy to leverage renewables’ potential as a measure for economic recovery, driving growth, attracting investment and creating jobs for […]
Preparations for the first stage of construction on the Mount Bold Dam’s safety upgrade have begun with a gradual emptying of the state’s largest reservoir. The works include replacing some of the equipment used to isolate the dam’s valves and pipework, and carrying out a detailed condition assessment of parts of the structure that would usually be underwater. The bulk […]
The CEO of WaterNSW, David Harris, has announced his resignation after six years at the company. Andrew George has been appointed as Acting CEO. Mr Harris will assist in the transition process. From 2014, Mr Harris was CEO of both State Water Corporation and Sydney Catchment Authority, and instrumental in the creation of WaterNSW in 2015 after the successful merger […]
Construction tenders for the Granite Belt Irrigation Project (GBIP) are due to be released in mid-2020. The GBIP will deliver a 12,000ML dam at Emu Swamp, south-west of Stanthorpe, and 117km of pipeline to provide water to 51 agribusiness customers. GBIP plans to release the dam construction tender in July, with the pump stations and pipelines following later in the […]
The Queensland Government has opened consultation over the Rookwood Weir in Rockhampton, with a view to ensuring the project meets agricultural needs and boosts jobs and economic growth. A Statement of Proposals is now public, outlining several options for how the water in Rookwood Weir could be allocated. All options include high priority water for Gladstone and medium priority water […]
Tunnel boring machine (TBM) Collette has reached the other side of O’Shannassy Reservoir in Melbourne, marking a major milestone in ongoing water outlet pipe replacement works. TBM Collette, named after Victoria’s Chief Engineer, Dr Collette Burke, has tunnelled at the reservoir for four-and-a-half months since December 2019. It has drilled through 425m of earth to prepare for the new pipe’s […]
NSW Water Minister, Melinda Pavey, has announced key engineering and environmental advisors have been appointed for the raising of the Wyangala Dam wall. A Stantec-GHD joint venture had been engaged for the project, which aimed to increase Wyangala’s storage capacity by 53 per cent, or an additional 650GL. Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, said she was extremely pleased this vital […]
by Michael Wandmaker, Managing Director, Melbourne Water We know that water is essential to life. World Water Day is a chance to reflect on this. This year, World Water Day is focused on water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. How we adapt to climate change plays a significant role in our water security. The […]
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