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Industry news bites - Future Water magazine 2015

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A selection of news bites taken from the 2015 edition of Future Water magazine.

Water innovation competition

The Australian Water Association and YouNoodle have joined forces to launch the Australian Water Innovation Challenge 2015 Competition. The competition challenges entrepreneurs and established companies to submit innovative water technologies that have a universal and broad application in the water industry. Entries can be accessed by visiting: www.younoodle.com/competitions/ awa_water_innovation_challenge.

New WA Water Resources Management Bill

The Western Australian Government has taken another major step towards securing the state’s water future by giving the go-ahead to draft the Water Resources Management Bill. Water Minister Mia Davies says that the new legislation will deliver the most significant change to the state’s water management framework in more than 100 years, replacing six Acts with one Act.

Murrumbidgee security allocation increase

Department of Primary Industries Deputy Director General Water Gavin Hanlon has announced an immediate increase of two percentage points to the Murrumbidgee general security allocation, bringing it to 53 per cent of entitlement; but there is no change to the New South Wales Murray general security allocation.

Quench Benches acquired by SA Water

Following a successful run of events in Adelaide, SA Water has acquired two additional portable drinking water fountains – Quench Benches – available for travel to South Australia’s regional areas. The Quench Bench is a specially designed mobile trailer that can connect to a mains water supply and provide drinking water to people at large community events.

Online metering trial a hit

An SA Water trial project is helping major metropolitan and regional business customers achieve significant savings. As part of the pilot project, a data logger is attached to the customer’s water meter and securely sends water usage information to a business’s individual online portal. Minister for Water and the River Murray Ian Hunter says the portal uses the raw data to generate reports on water use trends and easy-to-understand graphs. ‘This information can help customers identify potential leaks or other faults in their water network, as well as periods of high water use,’ he says.

Launceston’s ‘Gritter’ gets a clean out

A three-storey grit collection system that weighs three tonnes and sits in a pit below Launceston’s city streets was lifted out in March for a much-needed clean. TasWater is upgrading its grit collection system – known as ‘the Gritter’ – which collects debris from Launceston’s sewage and stormwater pipeline. The refurbishment is part of a $3-million federally funded scheme, the Tamar River Recovery Plan.

Positions on the boards of Victoria’s Water Corporations

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced people for board director positions for Victoria’s 19 water corporations. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that boards represent the diversity of its communities. Women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, young people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Applications close on Sunday 31 May 2015.

Smart Water Awards in May

On Friday 22 May 2015, the Water Industry Alliance will host its annual Smart Water Awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre, awarding six recipients across categories including Irrigation and Use, Resource Management, Leadership, Planning and Delivery, and Water Sustainability. The WIA Smart Water Awards have been around for more than 15 years, and each year they recognise the leading contributors to the water industry – those shaping the future of the industry and leading the way in innovation.

Water Ambassador Award winner announced

To mark this year’s World Water Day, North East Water and the North East Catchment Management Authority announced the 2015 North East Victoria Water Ambassador Award. Matthew Charles-Jones has been named this year’s recipient for his efforts in raising awareness of water sustainability around the north-east of Victoria, particularly in Yackandandah.

WaterRA Research Symposium program is live

The 2015 WaterRA Research Symposium will take place in Adelaide on 15 and 16 July. This year, speakers will be presenting on themes such as catchments, customer engagement, stormwater/water sensitive cities, drinking water and wastewater treatment, and emerging technologies, along with keynotes from Professor Craig Simmons of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, and Dr Stephanie Rinck-Pfeiffer of the Global Water Research Coalition. The program has been designed to focus on the theme ‘Unlocking the Value of Research’ by exploring how research contributes to productivity improvements, service delivery and risk management for industry.

Saline management project calls for participants

Goulburn Valley Water, in conjunction with other water corporations, industry groups and government agencies, has formed a project steering committee (PSC) to identify feasible, sustainable and cost-effective options for managing industrial saline wastewater streams across northern Victoria. Successful project delivery aims to secure industry growth and job development within the region. External input is now sought to progress to the next stage, and the PSC is seeking submissions from technical experts and innovators for alternative options in managing saline wastewater streams. People with experience in salinity management are encouraged to participate in a market sounding exercise. Visit www.gvwater.vic.gov.au for full details.

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