Debates about how we store and use water need to be had, despite them often becoming a case of ‘easier said than done’. The question of dams and their effectiveness in storing Australia’s water is one topic that is often subject to political spin at the hands of the Barnaby Joyces of this world; however, dams are not a particularly efficient way of storing water, especially in Australia.
The Queensbury Wastewater Pump Station is a key pump station in the SA Water network, supporting a population of almost 50,000 in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs. The pump station was originally constructed in 1935, and collects wastewater from around 20,000 properties, before pumping to the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment and discharge or re-use.
Plastic pipe is now the material of choice for servicing most of Australia’s current and future water needs. It may surprise you that in the cities of Australia, plastic pipe provides around 85 per cent of the water-services related infrastructure that supports our daily lives.
An innovative upgrade to the energy plant at the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, which commenced in August 2012, will see up to 85 per cent of the power used at the plant generated on site through wastewater gases. The $25.8-million project will connect and install new infrastructure to create electricity from the available biogas created as a by-product of the sewage treatment process.
In September 2014, SA Water’s $5.75-million reverse osmosis desalination plant at Hawker, in the Flinders Ranges, began operating with the capability of supplying up to 440 kilolitres of treated drinking water per day to local homes and businesses.
Encouraging innovation in sustainable urban water management with the goal of protecting scarce resources is increasingly seen as making wise economic and environmental sense, rather than as being the lofty dream of past decades.
The Water Industry Alliance (WIA) in South Australia helps to foster the latest and most innovative initiatives and projects being led by industry in the water sector. It provides an environment for WIA members to network, collaborate, and share innovative technologies and ideas to develop world-class, leading products, services and technologies.
Australia is a harsh land with environmental extremes that demand innovation and creativity to enable the high quality of life that we enjoy.
While Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, there are large areas of the country that also suffer severe floods, and so the breadth of expertise in the water industry has developed to cover the full range of Australia’s environmental challenges.