Archived Industry News for Water Professionals - February, 2011
An $8 million bulk water duplication pipeline project to secure supplies to greater Hobart has commenced.
Southern Water says the West Derwent Pipeline, constructed in 1962, brings water from the Bryn Water treatment plant to Hobart's eastern and western shores.
The 3.2 kilometre section to be duplicated runs from Berriedale to near the Elwick racecourse then crosses over the Bowen Bridge.
Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean and the new chairman of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Craig Knowles, have met with 11 Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees from the Murray-Darling Basin.
The Western Australian government has selected Helena Water as the preferred consortium to fund, build and operate the new Mundaring Water Treatment Plant.
The Federal Government has announced a new approach to water recovery in the Murray Darling Basin, which will include changes to taxation arragnement for irrigators.
The Urban Water Stakeholder Reference Panel, which advises the Australian Government on urban water policies and programs, has met in Adelaide to discuss urban water management and the future of stormwater harvesting and reuse.
The South Australian Minister for Water Paul Caica has announced that ALLWATER Consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder to manage Adelaide’s water and wastewater networks for the next 10 years.
The Victorian Government has announced a review of flood warnings and emergency response efforts to be undertaken in the wake of this month’s floods. The review will be led by Mr Neil Comrie, former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police and current Bushfires Royal Commission Interim Report Implementation Monitor.
The 2010-11 Flood Warnings and Response review will examine:
The Victorian Government has advised the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) that it does not support the Guide to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in its current form.
Releasing Victoria's submission to the Guide to the Basin Plan, the Minister for Water Peter Walsh said that the Victorian Government believes the social and economic impacts of the guide are not yet properly understood.
"It is absolutely vital that the findings of the two Commonwealth Parliamentary inquiries into these matters are fully considered before the proposed Basin plan is released for public consultation."
Mr Walsh said with enough water to meet the environment's needs for at least two years, the authority has more time to get the plan right.
"An effective Basin plan will include environmental engineering works and infrastructure investment to get measurable water savings for the environment, rather than drastic cuts in water entitlements held by food producers.
"It involves rebuilding relationships so that regional communities enraged by a divisive process after the guide's release can contribute local solutions for their valleys."
Mr Walsh said a new process would:
Murray-Darling basin reform has been further stymied by a senate inquiry that will investigate whose interpretation of the Water Act is correct - Water Minister Tony Burke’s or former Murray Darling Basin Authority chairman Mike Taylor’s.
Joint funding has been announced by the Gillard and Keneally Governments to fast-track construction on a $43.33 million augmentation and complete safety upgrade of Chaffey Dam.
CSIRO research has shown that some mining by-products can be effective in preventing nutrients from entering river systems, thereby reducing the potential for algal blooms.