Archived Industry News for Water Professionals - July, 2011
The South Australian Government has released a series of internationally peer-revied scientific reports that determine the environmental flow requirements for the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth areas.
State Minister for the River Murray Paul Caica said the reports will be crucial in assisting the State Government determine a response to the forthcoming Murray Darling Basin Authority’s final determination of environmental flow requirements.
“The Environmental Water Requirements of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth reports identify the flow regime needed from the Murray-Darling Basin to maintain the site as a healthy and resilient wetland of international importance,’’ Mr Caica said.
The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is set to announce the findings that will detail how much water must be allocated to the Murray to preserve the health of the water system.
The National Water Commission will be reviewed to assess the effectiveness and continuing appropriateness of its roles in promoting water reform objectives and outcomes.
The Gold Coast City Council has announced it will cease the use of services from its water retailer after a concerted community campaign against rising water prices.
The Tasmanian Government has unveiled the preferred option for a $30.8 million irrigation scheme in the State’s North-East.
The Victorian government has introduced new rebates on water efficient products for small businesses as part of its $40 million election commitment to invest $40 million in rebates on water efficient products for homes, gardens and small businesses.
The Sunraysia Irrigation Modernisation Project has failed Commonwealth due diligence and is being reworked in an attempt to satisfy Federal Government requirements.
The NSW Office of Water has released the Performance Monitoring Report for NSW water utilities for 2009-10, providing an overview of the current status and future water supply and sewerage needs of NSW.
The New South Wales Government has announced it will review plans for the construction of the Byrrill Creek Dam that were scrapped by the previous state government, which favoured the expansion of the nearby Clarrie Hall Dam.
Research into how variations in atmospheric and ocean variations contribute to droughts and floods such as those recently experienced across south-east Australia and Queensland has been presented at a workshop hosted by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI), a three-year, $9 million research program investigating the causes and impacts of climate variability and change throughout south-eastern Australia.
CSIRO has awarded a five-year research fellowship to Dr Wenju Cai to head up a new research team to conduct work into better understanding the impact of climate change on Australia, with particular focus on the extremes of flooding and droughts around the country.
The NSW Office of Water has called for submissions on the proposed Water Management (General) Regulation 2011, which will be formed through repeal of the Water Management (General) Regulation 2004 and the Water Management (Water Supply Authorities) Regulation 2004.
The NSW Government has introduced an interim aquifer interference regulation to ensure that the State's aquifers are properly protected while a final aquifer interference policy is developed in consultation with the community.
The NSW Office of Water has released The NSW Water and Sewerage Strategic Business Planning Guidelines assist local water utilities to prepare and implement a strategic business plan and financial plan for water supply and sewerage in accordance with the Best-Practice Management Guidelines.
The Federal Government will invest an additional $38 million in initiatives designed to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.