South Australian water and research testing laboratory, the Australian Water Quality Centre (AWQC) has secured a suite of ongoing work for two interstate water utilities, creating new jobs for South Australians.
The signing of contracts with Tasmanian utility TasWater, and Wannon Water in south-western Victoria, will support the continued supply of safe clean water to their combined 240,000 plus customers.
A four-year contract with TasWater began in November 2016 for the provision of laboratory testing services covering Tasmania’s water and sewerage systems.
Testing capabilities at the AWQC’s Melbourne-based laboratory – which began operating in February 2016 – have expanded, and demand from Victorian customers has substantially increased, with analysis of water, recycled water and trade waste samples for Wannon Water officially starting in April 2017. Work has been guaranteed for the next nine years.
This along with the anticipated work the two new contracts will bring, has resulted in an additional three jobs being created in AWQC’s Adelaide operations in what is a growth sector.
South Australian Minister for Water and the River Murray, Ian Hunter, said, “The AWQC is already a leading and quality service provider in the water industry, and its success in gaining work with these two interstate water utilities is recognition of that.
“It’s exciting our AWQC staff will be able to work closely with both of the utilities to deliver valued services, and to share and build their collective knowledge and skills.
“This will ultimately support positive outcomes for their customers and the communities they serve.”