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A recent estimate has indicated that corrosion costs the Australian economy between 3 and 5 per cent of GDP each year.

Corrosion is the naturally occurring deterioration of a material or its properties due to a reaction with the environment. It can cause dangerous and expensive damage to many types of structures including pipelines, bridges, buildings, and water and wastewater systems.

Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth and among the world’s highest consumers of water, which presents the need to protect and maintain water assets from corrosion. The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) holds a number of seminars and training courses throughout the year to inform and guide organisations and practitioners about ways to combat corrosion.

The next ACA event will cover ‘Corrosion Management in the Water and Wastewater Industry,’ and is to be held at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, on 26 March, 2015. Places are still available for the seminar and bookings can be made via the ACA web site at www.corrosion.com.au.

The ACA is a not-for-profit membership association that provides training, seminars, conferences, publications, and other activities to disseminate information about corrosion and its prevention or control. The industry association was formed in 1955 and represents companies, organisations and individuals involved in the fight against corrosion and promotes cooperation between academic, industrial, commercial, and governmental organisations.

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