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.
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.
Since 1971, wastewater from the southern area of Adelaide has been treated at the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant at O’Sullivan Beach. As part of the treatment process, sludge was pumped to lagoons located on the banks of the Onkaparinga River for drying, removal and recycling. With expansion of housing development in the area, a commitment was made to decommission the lagoons and rehabilitate the site.
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 urban water industry is looking to achieve a new level in its engagement journey with customers. Yet, with many customers not necessarily wanting to engage with their water provider, the challenge is trying to determine how to create change that is valued by our customers.
Tomorrow, Canberra’s water sector leaders will come together to discuss the strategic planning and management of the ACT’s urban water system at the Australian Water Association’s annual Water Matters Conference.