Featured image: Marzieh Lotfollahi, an employee of South East Water and finalist in the AWA awards. Image courtesy of South East Water.

South East Water has been named as a finalist in four categories of the Australian Water Association’s (AWA) Victoria awards.

South East Water said that it is proud to be recognised alongside some of its industry partners for its commitment to delivering better customer, community and environmental outcomes to secure a sustainable future, and is a finalist in the following categories:

  • Organisational Excellence: Environmental Sensitivity Map – South East Water
  • Research and Development Excellence: Fate and transport of Microplastics at Australian Water Recycling Plant – South East Water and RMIT University
  • infrastructure Project Innovation: Creating a water sensitive city in Fishermans Bend – South East Water, Melbourne Water and GHD with Contributing Organisations
  • Young Water Professional: Marzieh Lotfollahi, Sewer Planning Engineer, South East Water

South East Water has also been recognised as a research and delivery partner in three other projects recognised as AWA finalists, and extends its congratulations to the following organisations:

  • Research and Development Excellence: Biochar to Batteries – Barwon Water, South East Water and The Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action with Contributing Organisations
  • Infrastructure Project Innovation: Elster Creek Sewer Upgrade Project – Zinfra, Jaydo Constructions, WSP Joint Venture and South East Water
  • Student Water Prize: Heavy metals recovery and biochar production from biosolids via integrated mild acid pre-treatment and pyrolysis processes – Ibrahim Hakeem, RMIT University

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen, said she was proud to see some of the organisation’s key projects and team members recognised by the Australian Water Association.

“We’re committed to taking real and immediate action to improve the experience of our customers and care for our environment so it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

“These projects demonstrate just some of the ways we’re achieving this,” Ms Olsen said. 

Finalist for the Young Water Professional award and employee at South East Water, Marzieh Lotfollahi was nominated for her work on several challenging engineering projects and for her passion and advocacy for women and diversity in STEM. She participates in a number of mentoring programs, inspiring students and other young professionals to pursue careers in water.

“I’m also proud to see Marzieh nominated as Young Water Professional of the Year – she’s an outstanding engineer and a passionate mentor and advocate for women and diversity in STEM and she has achieved so much since joining us as a graduate in 2016,” Ms Olsen said. 

The Australian Water Association will announce the winners on Thursday 26 October. All State winners will progress to the national awards in May 2024.

Complete list of finalists: 2023 VIC Water Awards Finalists

Featured image: Marzieh Lotfollahi, an employee of South East Water and finalist in the AWA awards. Image courtesy of South East Water. 

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