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The Sewer Corrosion and Odour Research program (SCORe) recently won the Global Grand Award at the International Water Association’s (IWA) 2014 Project Innovation Awards. The research project, focusing on the optimal management of sewer corrosion and odour, is the largest worldwide research project undertaken of its kind.

The program was jointly developed by Sydney Water, the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, Curtin University of Technology, and ten industry partners – Barwon Water Corporation, City of Gold Coast, CH2M HILL, Hunter Water Corporation, Melbourne Water Corporation, South Australian Water Corporation, South East Water Limited, Veolia Water Australia and New Zealand, Water Research Australia Limited, and Western Australia Water Corporation.

The award was presented in Lisbon, Portugal at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. It acknowledges the beneficial tools and innovative technologies that the research has uncovered to help water utilities across Australia and the world manage odour and corrosion issues within sewer systems.

Water utilities around the world have already saved hundreds of millions of dollars by using the results of this research to extend the service lives of their sewerage assets.

The project’s success demonstrates the value of collaboration between an innovative water industry and the excellent research capabilities of Australia’s world-leading universities.

SCORe also recently won IWA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Award during the Singapore International Water Week.

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