Power and Water Corporation took home three of five awards at the annual Northern Territory Water Awards, as part of the Water in the Bush conference 30-year celebration dinner.

The Weather Web, developed by Power and Water’s Living Water Smart Program, took out the award for program innovation while the Borroloola Water Treatment Plant upgrade, developed in partnership with SUEZ, won the infrastructure project innovation award.

Power and Water Senior Project Manager, Eric Vanweydeveld, was named Northern Territory Water Professional of the Year.

The winners will go on to represent the Northern Territory at the national awards held in conjunction with the prestigious Ozwater 2020 conference.

“We’re proud to be recognised for our continuous innovation and commitment to delivering safe drinking water to Territorians in some of the most challenging environments in the country,” Michael Thomson, Power and Water Chief Executive, said.

“These award wins are a testament to the passion and dedication of our people. They show up every day to ensure people can turn on their taps to help grow and develop the Territory in which we live, work and play.

“This week also marks National Water Week, which aims to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build awareness around the value of water. This is something we do every day, and we are very proud of it.”

Mr Thomson also acknowledged the strong industry partnerships and collaboration between Power and Water and its contractors in the development and delivery of these projects.

Water in the Bush is the Northern Territory’s premier water conference and is run annually by the Australian Water Association.

It brings together water professionals, the community and industry from across northern Australia to participate in conversations about the current and future state of water in the north.

Weather Web

Weather Web utilises information from 40 school rooftop weather stations in Darwin to potentially save them 120 million litres of water annually.

Residents can also benefit from the Weather Web during the wet season by keeping track of how much water their gardens have received from the rainfall in their suburb, via an online portal.

More information about Weather Web is available at

Borroloola water treatment plant

The $6.4 million Borroloola Water Treatment Plant improves the overall mineral balance and enhances disinfection of water before it goes to homes and businesses.

The water treatment plant, designed through a 3D model visualisation, was built in sections and assembled in Darwin to ensure the system worked before disassembling it and transporting it by road to the site.

The new Borroloola Water Treatment Plant can deliver up to three million litres of clean drinking water every day.

Eric Vanweydeveld

Eric is a Senior Project Manager with Power and Water’s Alice Springs Water Services team. He has managed several award-winning projects including the Borroloola Water Treatment Plant and the recent Leanyer Sanderson inlet works upgrade.

He was also the recipient of the 2018 Churchill Fellowship which saw him travel to the Middle East to investigate emerging water treatment technologies, which could have application for small water systems in regional Australia.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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