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 […]
The latest project news, developments and opinion pieces from industry experts in Australia’s water industry.
As we face a future affected by climate change, the reliability of our water systems becomes more important than ever. But when water security covers such broad ground, where do water authorities focus? Interflow’s Contracts Manager, John Weaver, said that at the centre of most water security success, is a wellmaintained asset base. “In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s […]
In February 2023, the Queensland Government approved the Fitzroy to Gladstone Pipeline (FGP) for construction. The FGP is a $983 million pipeline to address the single source water supply risk from Awoonga Dam, enabling long-term water security to Gladstone’s industry and support ongoing economic development in the region. The 117km pipeline will run from the Lower Fitzroy River in Rockhampton […]
As Australia’s energy grid transitions towards renewables, water utilities also have a large role to play in reaching net zero emissions targets. North East Water is powering ahead and investing in a renewable energy source for its wastewater treatment plant. A new 3MW solar farm is now powering the Wodonga Wastewater Treatment Plant with renewable energy. In a major step […]
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 […]
WaterGroup’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Aimi Macready, and Head of Smart Metering Operations, Holly Guy, talked about water data and its flow-on effect, implementing sensors and IoT devices for a better water future and the inclusion of women in the water industry. “Well, we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for one of the founders of WaterGroup, our […]
Southern Downs Regional Council has announced that the MySDRCWater customer portal is live, in time for National Water Week. During National Water Week, which falls between 16 and 22 October, Council encourages all Stanthorpe residents with smart water meters to log on to MySDRCWater to track water consumption and detect potential water leaks or any high water use activities. Southern […]
The Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) has announced that Hydrogen Park (HyP) Gladstone in Queensland, Australia’s first city-wide renewable hydrogen blending project has commenced construction. HyP Gladstone is a small demonstration facility in Queensland designed to produce renewable hydrogen to start to decarbonise gas supply in Gladstone, and is supported by the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy 2019–2024, as well as […]
Coined as the ‘Sunburnt Country’, Australia is a continent where water scarcity and quality closely intertwine with environmental challenges. However, a dedicated legion of professionals stand sentinel on the frontlines of water, wastewater, and desalination treatment plants. These unsung heroes work round-the-clock to secure one of earth’s most precious resources – water. Their efforts, often hidden from the public eye, […]
A new water strategy has been announced by the Queensland Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher, during National Water Week. Developed in consultation with the water industry, stakeholders and the community, the strategy harnesses the strong partnerships and collaborative approach the Queensland Government has with communities across Queensland, to meet challenges and create future opportunities when it comes to water security. […]
The annual National Water Week 2023 has kicked off, delivered by the Australian Water Association (AWA), the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) and The Water Conservancy. This year’s National Water Week started on 16 October, with the theme ‘United by Water’ celebrating water’s vital role in connecting us all. Water touches every aspect of development, […]
South East Water has been named as a finalist in four categories of the Australian Water Association’s (AWA) Victoria awards. South East Water said that it is proud to be recognised alongside some of its industry partners for its commitment to delivering better customer, community and environmental outcomes to secure a sustainable future, and is a finalist in the following […]
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 […]
The Queensland Coordinator-General has declared the $14.2 billion Borumba Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project a coordinated project, meaning that assessment of social, economic and environmental matters can begin. The project, being developed by Queensland Hydro, involves building a new upper reservoir, as well as a new dam wall that will replace the existing Borumba Dam wall and increase Lake Borumba’s […]
Gippsland Water has announced that it has appointed two new Directors and a new Board Chair. Tom Mollenkopf has been appointed Board Chair, with Jenny Selway and Katie Wyatt appointed as Directors. Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming welcomed the three appointments and said she looked forward to working with them. “We feel very fortunate to have three new members […]
Seqwater has released its 2023 Water Security Program, which outlines how it plans to deliver reliable, quality water to the region’s rising population. As outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan, population is set to grow to more than six million over the next 30 years. The Water Security Program maps out how Seqwater plans to continue to provide […]
In 2022, Downer, in partnership with Logan Water and MASS Products, successfully engineered a simple and innovative isolation lock for buried water valves. The valve lock is the first of its kind for use in common square B and D class valve boxes – and is now widely used across the water industry, with further innovations in the pipeline to […]
In an effort to support the long-term health of the Kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, work has begun on a major pipeline installation that is set to improve capacity for sewage and storm water transfer. The 3km long, 1m wide pipeline will travel 40m under the riverbed of the Kanamaluka/Tamar Estuary, connecting the recently upgraded Margaret Street Sewage Pump Station near Kings Park […]
The Warren Reservoir has officially reopened to the public for on-water access following SA Water’s refurbishment of the dam intake and scour valves. Visitors to the reservoir reserve are now able to again enjoy a paddle on the water after the reservoir reached a level suitable for kayaking, with access via the southern car park and kayak launch area. The […]
South East Water has commenced phase two works on an upgrade to 4.4km of water pipes from Portsea to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. The utility said the upgrades are designed to ensure a safe and reliable water supply for Mornington Peninsula customers and visitors for years to come. Phase one of the works started in August 2023 along […]
The Federal Government is mapping Australia’s underground water reservoirs in a first of its kind stock-take of the nation’s groundwater resources, in an effort to ensure future water security. The National Hydrogeological Inventory, developed by Geoscience Australia, has mapped Australia’s major groundwater-bearing basins and geological provinces. The inventory paints a picture of the communities, industries and environments that rely on […]
Victorian Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, has announced the appointment of three new Board members at Barwon Water, following the departure of three directors from the utility. Barwon Water Chair, Jo Plummer, said new directors Jodie Leonard, Chris Chesterfield and Jason Kambovski would bring a wealth of expertise and experience to help guide the organisation as it continued to pursue […]
Yarra Valley Water has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors and announced the appointment of a new Chair. Gabrielle Bell assumes the role of Chair, a decision announced by the Minister for Water, Harriet Shing. Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty, said he was pleased to welcome Ms Bell to the team and to introduce two […]
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 […]
South East Water has been recognised for its commitment to its customers and the environment in the AFR BOSS 2023 Most Innovative Companies List, claiming sixth place in the Mining, Agriculture and Utilities category. In recent years, the organisation has embarked on multiple innovative projects to rise to the challenges of this critical decade for water in the face of […]
At an independent forum held in Adelaide, marine scientists from government and aquaculture groups met to discuss undertaking studies to support SA Water’s proposed desalination plant on the Eyre Peninsula. Representatives from SA Water, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), independent Marine Science Review Panel and scientific experts supporting several local aquaculture groups met for the roundtable discussion. […]
The last of 13 monoliths has been completed on the Rockwood Weir spillway, leaving only the final pour of concrete before the work is completed. Each of the weir’s monoliths measures 16.2m in height and 15.5m wide creating a curved top for water to flow over the weir. More than 129,500m³ of the required 131,000m³ of concrete has now been […]
Sydney Water and construction partner John Holland are set to conduct a 28-day trial of a hydrogen generator, which will be used to help power construction of the $1.2 billion Upper South Creek Advanced Water Recycling Centre (AWRC) at Kemp Creek. The facility will service the Western Sydney Aerotropolis growth area and parts of the Camden, Penrith and Liverpool LGAs, […]
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 […]
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