The New South Wales Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has called for submissions to its review of the operating licence for the Hunter Water Corporation.

Hunter Water’s operating licence, which entitles Hunter Water to provide and maintain water, sewage and wastewater disposal services in the Hunter Valley, expires on 30 June 2012, and must be reviewed before a further five-year operating licence is granted.

The IPART review will consider whether to maintain or amend the terms of the licence to improve Hunter Water’s operational efficiency and regulation. It will determine whether the Licence is fulfilling its objectives, the relevance of Licence terms in light of the Water Industry Competition Act 2006 and any other relevant legislation and the terms of renewal of the Licence.

First stage applications for funding of urban water innovation projects under the Open Innovation Stream of the Smart Water Fund will close on Friday April 8.

Ministers from across the Murray-Darling Basin have met to progress a collaborative and inclusive approach for governments and communities to develop and implement a plan for the Basin in which a healthy river system underpins strong and viable communities.

A new report from Tasmania's Economic Regulator says more water price rises are inevitable because the state's water corporations are only recovering half of their operating costs.

The final report by the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) of Western Australia in its inquiry into water resource management and planning charges has been released, recommending a suite of principles for cost recovery by the Department of Water.

The Australian and South Australian governments have announced joint funding of $9.2 million for three new infrastructure and environmental programs to restore wetlands and floodplains of the Murray River in South Australia.

The first report of a national project to investigate the impact of climate change on groundwater resources has been released, describing the results of a modelling study on the impact of climate change and variability on diffuse dryland groundwater recharge (the recharge across the landscape under non-irrigated land use) in the Murray-Darling Basin.

The Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence has awarded $200,000 in funding to its first project – the development of a National Validation Framework for water recycling.

The Murray Darling Basin Authority has released a statement saying that the socio-economic report on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been delayed indefinitely due to interruptions caused by the floods throughout the region.

The WA Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has released its Water, Wastewater and Irrigation Performance Report 2010, the fifth such report which examines the performance of  the 30 Western Australian water providers that are licensed by the ERA.

The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Executive Director, Ross Young, has announced his resignation after leading the Association since 2004.

Tasmania’s independent Economic Regulator has released its third annual review of the State’s urban water and sewerage industry.

Water utility solutions provider United Utilities Australia Pty Ltd has unveiled its new name, TRILITY Pty Ltd, and new brand identity.

CSIRO has launched a new Ecological Responses to Altered Flow Regimes Cluster to develop science that will optimise the benefits of environmental water for aquatic ecosystems.

The Productivity Commission invites interested parties to register their interest in an inquiry into Australia's urban water sector.

The Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has released draft Water Service Pricing Regulations for public consultation.

The Tasmanian Government has launched major reports to help Government, business and farmers better understand the impacts of climate change.

The Victorian Government has released the Living Melbourne, Living Victoria roadmap which identifies priority areas of urban water reform.

The Queensland Government has established a statewide independent Commission of Inquiry to forensically examine the 2011 flood disaster.

The water storage capacity of Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast has been doubled by a 15 metre raise of the dam wall.

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