WA Water Awards Showcase
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Written by Steve Jamieson
The inaugural Australian Water Association Western Australia Water Awards Showcase was held at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on the 23 November 2017 and was kindly supported by Water West, Jacobs, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Water Corporation. The premise of the event was to give award winners the chance to educate and inspire their fellow water professionals.
Attendees learned about the operational expenditure savings related to the implementation of the Environmental Engineers International’s Anammox process, how on the back of young up and comer Sean Ding’s research the Water Corporation are building bespoke test rigs to monitor borehole corrosion and the lengths that Permeate Partners and Guidera O’Connor went to, to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant on Rottnest Island to ensure that our holidays were not disrupted.
We are often reminded in the Western Australian water sector that the world is watching as we experience challenges associated with our changing climate. We can see why, with what Dan Nelson and the City of Kalamunda have achieved by facilitating growth through the managed aquifer recharge using stormwater or the staggering reductions in water and energy consumption in the WGV White Gum Valley development through the cutting edge sustainable urban design of Josh Byrne and Associates.
It is not easy to step out of the box and see the bigger picture but that is exactly what the Water Corporation and their local partners have been able to do with the West Kimberly Community Grants Scheme, where they use treated wastewater to grow Rhodes grass that is sold, with profits being reinvested back into the community. The Scheme concentrates on ‘Closing the Gap’, for example, helping young indigenous women with their schooling and transitioning to university. The showcase is an example to us all, in that the creative thinking of a few, can lead to benefits for many.
The day was closed with speeches from our individual winners Renee Blandin, Young Water Professional of the Year and Raj Kurup, Water Professional of the Year. Both are worthy winners who have given back to our industry through extensive mentoring and volunteering. It is clear that we are in good hands as the next generation comes through - like Renee with the mantra of ‘just get involved and say yes to opportunities’ and if they take note of Raj’s statement ‘we can survive without oil, gas and coal but we cannot survive without water’ then we will have a cohort of motivated individuals delivering sustainable water and sanitation solutions to the world.
To find out more about the Australian Water Association Water Awards click here
. For those of you who couldn’t make it or want a recap, we’ve just published a range of videos
recorded live at the event.
WA Awards Showcase Videos