Yarra Valley Water has received the Contact Centre of the Year award at the 2023 Auscontact Excellence State Awards, recognising its customer service and staff treatment. The awards celebrate outstanding customer service and attract companies from a range of industries, including ANZ, ATO and Bendigo Bank with the judging panel also assessing how well a company treats its staff by […]
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The New South Wales Government has announced that it will not be going ahead with the Wyangala Dam Wall Raising Project, due to the severe predicted environmental impacts and the billions of dollars in projected construction costs. New South Wales Minister for Water, Rose Jackson, said both the project’s Final Business Case and an extensive independent review by Infrastructure NSW […]
The Victorian Minister for Water has announced the appointment of 125 new board members across the state’s water corporations, increasing diversity and representation throughout the sector. The newly appointed members are stretched across Victoria’s 18 water corporations, nine Catchment Management Authorities, and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder, bringing new skills and perspectives into the water sector, making the total number […]
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 […]
SA Water’s Tailem Bend to Keith Pipeline has commenced a major upgrade as part of the utility’s $5.8 million investment to secure water services for customers in the state’s Murray Mallee and South East regions. Four of the pipeline’s original 3.5t valves will be replaced as part of the project, and a further three new valves and bypass pipework are […]
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 […]
18 different water samples from across Queensland competed in a taste off at the TracWater Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test as part of the qldwater Annual Forum, marking a record number of entries for the annual competition. The winner of the 2023 competition is Fraser Coast Regional Council, with water from the Burgowan Water Treatment Plant getting […]
Continuing the growth of its commercial investment portfolio, Unitywater has this month acquired a minority stake in Australian business Detection Services Group. Unitywater has announced the acquisition of a minority stake in Detection Services Group, which is expected to accelerate the utility’s adoption of advanced technology for managing its pipeline networks. The acquisition is also expected to further diversify Unitywater’s […]
In an Australia-first project, cutting-edge distributed acoustic sensing technology is being deployed beneath Perth’s CBD by Water Corporation to detect leaks in the water network. The project, by Perth-based Terra15 Technologies, turns existing fibre-optic cable in the city into a giant acoustic leak detection network to detect water leaks before a pipe bursts. Laser light is pulsed through a thin […]
Over the long term, dams can provide the cheapest source of bulk water for the urban environment, and dam water is easier to treat than other sources, such as seawater desalination. However, their construction can involve significant costs, and environmental impacts. The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) has prepared a detailed study into dams. Surface water dams have long […]
The Tasmanian State and Federal Governments have announced a new deal to secure the first Marinus Link cable, a move welcomed by Hydro Tasmania. The State and Federal governments have also committed low cost-financing for the redevelopment of Tarraleah Power Station and the North West Transmission Developments. Hydro Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Ian Brooksbank said the projects would deliver jobs, […]
SA Water has reached a major milestone in the rollout of upgrades to the Murraylands water network, having laid more than half of the expected 7km of new water main. During the past two months, crews have been working through sections of Monarto Safari Park to lay new pipes to duplicate four existing water mains – increasing the capacity of […]
Australia’s leading utilities provider, Downer Group, is thrilled to announce a new partnership with WaterAid, an international not-for-profit organisation committed to improving access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for the world’s poorest communities. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, access to clean water and sanitation is a privilege not a right. To combat this, WaterAid works […]
The Queensland Government has announced that construction on the Rockwood Weir has reached more than 95 per cent completion – of the 130,000m³ of concrete required for the project, 123,000m³ are already in place. At its peak more than 360 workers were on site, and the project remains on track for construction to be finished in late 2023, weather permitting. […]
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 […]
The Tasmanian Government has announced TasTAFE’s new $27 million Water and Energy Trades (WET) Centre of Excellence on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, which will provide the latest industry-aligned training to support the state’s water and energy apprentices. The $27 million centre is funded by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments with support from industry. Tasmanian Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth, […]
Technical and environmental studies have begun for EnergyAustralia’s proposed Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro Project, which is set to be located in Lithgow, New South Wales. The commencement of work on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) follows the release of the New South Wales Government’s Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). EnergyAustralia’s Lake Lyell Project Director, Mike de Vink, said a team […]
Water Infrastructure NSW (WINSW) and Hunter Water have invited Hunter residents to join community information sessions on the proposed Lostock Dam to Glennies Creek Dam Pipeline Project and Paterson River Connection project on 22 and 23 August 2023. The drop-in sessions will be held at 11am–1pm and 5–7pm at Tocal Agricultural College on 22 August 2023 and Singleton Library on […]
SA Water is going ahead with investigations to inform the design and construction of a desalination plant for Eyre Peninsula at Billy Lights Point, including a new pipeline that will connect the plant to existing water infrastructure. These ongoing preliminary land and marine-based investigations will help the utility design a plant and connecting infrastructure that will minimise impact on the […]
Hunter Water has completed a five year risk assessment of the Chichester Dam in New South Wales as part of its routine assessment program. The Chichester Dam was built in the 1920s to serve the community and has continued to do so for hundreds of years. Over time the New South Wales water sector has continued to understand the conditions […]
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 […]
Waterco Limited (Waterco) – a global water treatment and pool equipment manufacturer – is set to acquire an Australian pump company. The transaction is expected to be completed on 31 August 2023 with a sale price of $64.9 million. The acquisition of Davey Water Products (Davey) – a subsidiary of GUD Holdings Limited (GUD) – is set to cement Waterco […]
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 […]
The Queensland Government has announced that six contracts, worth a combined $1.7 million, have been awarded for a range of planning activities for its Burdekin Falls dam improvement project. The contracts will support 80 jobs, with 50 of these in the Townsville region. The jobs involve geotechnical investigations, quarry material sourcing, cultural heritage and native title work, and the establishment […]
Southern Downs Regional Council, Unitywater and software provider TaKaDu are partnering to roll out a 12-month leak detection trial in Stanthorpe, which is expected to help the town manage a more sustainable water supply. This software, which has saved Unitywater $35 million and 11 billion litres of water in the last decade, aims to reduce water loss, identify leaks before […]
Residents in a remote South Australian town can now access drinking water from their taps, following the construction of a new desalination plant delivered by SA Water. The new small-scale reverse osmosis plant, stationed on Kurka Drive, can produce up to 210,000L of safe and clean drinking water each day for residents. SA Water General Manager for Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda […]
SA Water has announced that construction is complete on its new 1ML concrete wastewater storage tank in Stirling as part of a suite of network upgrades across the Adelaide Hills, designed to manage sewage flows during rain events. The 21m long by 13m wide tank – which is partly underground – was built near the intersection of Gould Lane and […]
The Federal and Northern Territory Governments are investing millions into helping deliver essential services such as access to clean drinking water and reliable power to remote communities. A $17.5 million investment made by the Federal Government, with $9.1 million from the Northern Territory will see two critical projects built in two remote communities across the territory whilst $92.8 million is […]
As the cost of energy increases across Australia, selecting the optimal air and power generation solutions can help wastewater treatment plants mitigate these rising expenses. Here one industry leader breaks down these solutions, and shares helpful information on how to choose the right product for the job. With recent announcements of energy costs increasing up to 20 per cent in […]
Sandra Jefford and Wilco Droppert own and operate Wilandra Farms, an organic dairy farm in the Gippsland region of Victoria. However, despite the farm’s success, its irrigation and dairy operations were using about 500,000kWh of energy per year. Energy costs were high and irrigating the farm was a costly and time-consuming process. In 2019, the couple sought an energy audit […]
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