Recycled water being used for irrigation.

Power and Water Corporation has won the Sustainable Projects category at the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) 2015 NT Project Management Achievement Awards. The award recognises outstanding achievement in project management for the Alice Springs Water Recycling Plant Upgrade.

Power and Water’s Project Manager, Eric Vanweydeveld, who is based in Darwin, said the win reflected the strong commitment the corporation had to delivering across the Northern Territory despite the challenge of vast distances.

“With 1500 km between the Darwin and Alice Springs’ project management teams, communication and stakeholder engagement was vitally important,” Mr Vanweydeveld said.

“We worked together well to ensure that this important project was a success for the people of Alice Springs and for the protection of their finite ground water resource.

“The upgrade produces recycled water of a high standard that complies with the Department of Health requirements and is suitable for reuse in unrestricted irrigation, thus saving precious drinking water.

“The team is really pleased by our success at the Northern Territory awards and we are looking forward to showcasing the Alice Springs Water Recycling Plant Upgrade to the rest of the country at AIPM National Conference in Hobart in October.”

Power and Water Corporation Water Services General Manager John Pudney said the team deserved the recognition.

“This project is a great example of the dedication Power and Water has to working effectively across significant distances for the benefit of Territorians,” Mr Pudney said.

The Alice Springs Water Recycling Plant Upgrade is part of a $15 million program and represents major technological and infrastructure improvements for the regional area of Alice Springs.

In addition to the economic, social and technological objectives, the program aims to extend the life of the area’s finite groundwater resource and secure the long‐term sustainability of Alice Springs’ water supply.

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