Archived Industry News for Water Professionals - May, 2011
The Centre for Water Research has warned that Perth dams may run dry by the end of next summer in its latest report.
By which stage, the Centre warns, the city would become solely dependent on the use of the Gnangara Mound aquifer and the Kwinana desalination plant
The Centre found that even with an above average rainfall of 35 gigalitres, the city’s dams would still run dry.
Following meetings in Adelaide over the weekend, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council have agreed to push the starting date to 2019 for all communities in the Murray Darling Basin to adjust to diversion limits.
Western Australian Nationals leader Brendon Grylls has defended the state’s decision to pump recycled water into one of Perth’s main water sources, the Gnangara Mound aquifer.
South Australian Green MP Mark Parnell has announced his opposition to the proposed desalination plant at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam site, saying that its construction would pose a major risk to local marine life.
The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has reported that it will require $38 million in funding this financial year while new research shows that less than 3000 gigalitres will be required for environmental flow.
Researchers have begun a project to create the first global tool to forecast how changes in wave patterns and rising sea levels will affect beach erosion.
Coliban Water have announced the commencement of major sewer pump station upgrades to “increase capacity and improve reliability of sewer operations” in the Echuca area.
Federal Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green has launched the first major irrigation site under Tasmania’s $400 million water development strategy.
The Queensland State Government has issued over 73 transitional environmental programs to mining companies to remove substantial amounts of water from their operations and into rivers and waterways.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has promised to consider the findings of the Windsor Inquiry after it was announced the findings will be delayed from its original May release date.
The Victorian Government has announced research currently underway into building “new insights into Victoria's surface water and groundwater resources.”
The Senate Rural Affairs and Transport References Committee has called for submissions to its inquiry into the impact of mining of coal seam gas on the management of the Murray Darling Basin.
Water restrictions during the drought cost households $1 billion a year, and a similar amount could have been saved if construction of the Sydney desalination plant had been delayed, according to the head of the Productivity Commission's inquiry into water, Wendy Craik.
Mark Babister of the National Committee on Water Engineering (part of Engineers Australia), has called for a national approach to flood mapping in the wake of the enormous damage to property caused by this years floods across three Australian states.
TechnologyOne has launched OneWater, the first software solution in Australia designed to help water corporations, companies and councils with the complexities of managing water.