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23 May 2017
New report reveals water resources costs shifting to residential consumers
The water resources and services industry achieved a 30% increase in revenue between 2009-10 and 2014-15, according to a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report. It found the water...

22 May 2017
Australian water technology and project excellence snaps up international awards
Australian water businesses have been recognised as some of the best in the world at the recent Global Water Awards and Summit. Water Corporation, TasWater, the Australian Water Recycling  ...

18 May 2017
New initiative asks the water industry to contribute stories of inclusion and diversity
The Australian Water Association, in collaboration with the Australian Water Partnership and Australian Aid, has launched a new program focused on increasing equality and diversity in the water ...

18 May 2017
Digital technology the key to a more agile water industry workforce
If the water industry is going to resolve challenges in a timely way, professionals need a new skillset, and they’ll need to know how to think on their feet. “Digital innovation is nonlinear and exploratory...

18 May 2017
Utilities one step closer to predicting pipe breaks before they happen
Chokes and corrosion are common problems for sewage and water pipes, but new technologies could allow utilities to deal with these problems before they become an expensive public hazard. Delegates ...

18 May 2017
Water industry’s best and brightest on display at national awards ceremony
The Ozwater'17 Gala Dinner and Awards Night were certainly a night to remember – not just for the calibre of finalists and winners, but for the chance it gives this growing and changing industry to highlight...

15 May 2017
Bottled water is booming, but what does its popularity mean for water utilities?
Bottled water has risen through the ranks to become a part of our daily lives, despite the top-shelf standards of Australia’s tap water. A recent study by IBISWorld found that Australia’s bottled water ...

15 May 2017
Cloud brightening might be the silver lining that saves the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching
Brightening clouds above the Great Barrier Reef could save the coral below, Australian scientists believe. University of Sydney postdoctoral research associate Daniel Harrison said marine cloud ...

12 May 2017
Call-out for water sustainability innovations to nominate for international prize
As residents of the driest inhabited continent on Earth, Australia’s water industry is taking a leading role in water security solutions and water sustainability. And an international water prize is the ...

12 May 2017
How do we solve our water security and reform issues?
The future of water security and reform in Australia is up for discussion, and the Australian Water Association is calling on members to share their views. The organisation has released a number ...

11 May 2017
Here’s why volunteers are crucial to Australia’s water industry
Volunteers make the world go round, and this National Volunteer Week, the Australian Water Association would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who help to keep things running smoothly ...

11 May 2017
New Victorian budget puts water security front and centre
Victorian water security has received a $116 million boost in the state budget, including $60 million for water management initiatives. After announcing the investment in the state’s 2017/18 Budget ...

10 May 2017
Student water research contributes to solving future agricultural problems
Water research made waves at the recent Sydney Royal Easter Show, where two students were recognised for their work on heavy metal contamination in aquatic systems and water deficit in crops ...

10 May 2017
Citizen scientist app accelerates disaster relief response
Researchers are testing a new system that allows the general public to assist in disaster relief efforts by identifying damage using real-time mapping software. The team of researchers from the International ...

9 May 2017
Innovative method extracts fertilisers as by-product of wastewater treatment
An innovative and energy-efficient wastewater treatment method could remove up to 99% of phosphorus and sulphate, and enable their reuse as fertilisers. According to researchers from Aalto University...

9 May 2017
Controversial mine faces million-dollar fine after sediment water discharge
Mining company Adani could face a multimillion dollar fine after sediment water containing eight times the authorised level of coal was discharged from their Abbot Point coal terminal. The discharge ...

8 May 2017
What is missing from urban water resources management projects?
Water resources management that promotes liveability is often a positive by-product of urban projects, but it should be standard practice, says NSW Young Water Professional of the Year Shona Fitzgerald...

8 May 2017
How water utilities can prepare for the rise of extreme weather events
With extreme weather events becoming increasingly common as a result of climate change, the water industry needs to learn how to adapt to these changing conditions, keep calm and carry on. An ...

5 May 2017
Queensland explores solutions to future water security issues
Queensland’s new 30-year water security plan predicts South East Queensland's water grid can meet regional demand until 2040 – but after that things aren’t so certain. The Water Security Program ....

5 May 2017
Engineers find way to manipulate water and oil using only light
Water could be separated from oil using only light in a new system developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers. Some processes, such as drilling for oil, cause water and oil to ...

4 May 2017
New grants in place to develop the next generation of Victoria’s water leaders
Are you or someone you know on track to be part of the next generation of water resources management in Victoria? A new State Government grant aims to support the professional development ...

4 May 2017
Are NSW water markets living up to expectations?
Water markets are delivering expected economic and environmental benefits across the Murray Darling Basin, a report from the Department of Primary Industries has found. Water markets ...

3 May 2017
Innovative Australian water technology enters international market
A Queensland water technology startup's engineering data management solution is experiencing strong demand from the US water industry. Tech startup RedEye has announced a strategic ...

3 May 2017
Industry should look to younger generations as water sustainability allies
Millennials are least likely to understand water consumption costs, yet this generation is becoming the vocal and enthusiastic supporters of water sustainability that the industry has been ...

2 May 2017
New tech might solve water security and pollution problems in one go
Parts of the developing world suffer from plenty of plastic rubbish and water security issues. The solution to both problems might be 3D printing. Deakin University is developing a world-first ...

2 May 2017
Source of water contamination in Perth children’s hospital finally confirmed
Lead contamination in the water supply of Perth's new children's hospital likely came from disturbed residues in the surrounding ring main and lead leaching from fittings and fixtures in hospital ...

1 May 2017
Are batteries the next wave of renewable energy solutions for water utilities?
Is battery storage part of a viable renewable energy solution for water utilities? Under what circumstances? And at what price? These are just some of the questions a Victorian provider is attempting ...

1 May 2017
Sydney Water nets major awards for clever customer engagement campaign
A low-budget customer engagement campaign has netted Sydney Water numerous awards, helped propel an international movement, and delivered significant benefits to customers and the ...

28 April 2017
National competition yields innovative solutions to water market issues
The challenge was this: can you provide a technical solution to improve the transparency and reliability of information about Australia’s water market? According to a new Federal Government ...

28 April 2017
Chinese and Australian partnership capitalises on shared WSUD expertise
Australian research and technology will be put the test in a 10-hectare innovation park in China aimed at testing new innovations in water sensitive urban design (WSUD). The Victorian Gov ...

27 April 2017
Is it rotten eggs or vomit? New technique matches wastewater odours with chemical cause
Researchers have developed a new method to categorise and control the unappealing smells produced by some wastewater treatment processes. The project, the result of a collaboration ...

27 April 2017
Can investment in pumped hydro make Tasmania the “battery of Australia”?
A Federal Government study into expanding the Tasmanian pumped hydro system to serve as the “battery of Australia” is being met with some scepticism. Prime Minister Malcolm ...

26 April 2017
Man-made structures not a solid solution to water security issues, says report
Almost 40% of the world's urban source watersheds are experiencing moderate to high degradation – and more infrastructure is not always the best solution to boost water security in these ...

26 April 2017
Breakthrough finding could protect water infrastructure from invading roots
Australian researchers looking for solutions to root intrusion on water infrastructure have found that plants 'hear' water and alter their growth accordingly. The University of Western Australia ...

24 April 2017
This innovative method tests water quality in real time – no lab required
Looking for a highly sensitive, on-the-spot method for testing water quality and microbial performance in your water network? A method developed by one Queensland utility might be the ...

24 April 2017
How digital technologies like virtual reality will reshape the water industry
Digital technologies are already helping Australian water utilities boost efficiency and performance, says GHD's new digital transformation and growth expert. Kumar Parakala has been ...

21 April 2017
CSIRO proposes a simple solution to fight a deadly water pathogen
New research has found a new way to eliminate a deadly water pathogen from Australian waterways. A recent CSIRO study found that higher chlorination levels in drinking water ...

21 April 2017
What caused a Canadian river to disappear almost overnight?
A Canadian river has vanished in just four days, becoming the first known case of 'river piracy' in modern times. The climate-driven retreat of one of Canada’s largest glaciers ...

20 April 2017
Just add heat: Innovative device harvests water from thin air
A solar-powered household appliance could harvest litres of water from the air each day – even in very arid regions. US scientists have demonstrated a system for obtaining fresh ...

20 April 2017
Two key Queensland water infrastructure projects get a facelift
Two of southeast Queensland's biggest water infrastructure projects – Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams – are set to be upgraded to improve safety and flood mitigation. The State ...

19 April 2017
NT pushes for mapping water resources to boost economic output
The soil, water resources and biodiversity assets of the Northern Territory will soon be mapped in a bid to boost jobs and investment. The NT Government's new $9.9 million ...

19 April 2017
New global rankings show Australia has top-tier water research
Australian universities boast some of the world's very best water research institutions, according to the Center for World University Rankings. In its inaugural subject rankings...

18 April 2017
The hidden benefits of cutting-edge asset management
Staying at the forefront of asset management increases efficiency and boosts the bottom line, yet many organisations run into the tricky problem of imperfect data sets ...

18 April 2017
Why people around the world are joining the March for Science
Two, four, six, eight, support for science cannot wait! That’s the battle cry of a new grassroots movement, March for Science, to support the science community in a ...

13 April 2017
SA Government pours massive investment into food irrigation
The South Australia Government will invest $110 million in expanding agricultural irrigation in the Northern Adelaide Plains as part of the Northern Adelaide Irrigation ...

13 April 2017
New water research institute takes aim at innovation and collaboration
In an effort to accelerate innovation in food, water, energy and resources, the University of Newcastle has launched a new research cluster group to better collaborate ...

12 April 2017
Water purification for remote communities within reach with new device
Researchers have prototyped an on-site water purification system that quickly and safely removes pollutants with hydrogen peroxide. The device, created by scientists ...

12 April 2017
Government lowers safe exposure levels of toxic chemicals in water
The Federal Government has significantly lowered the safe exposure level of toxic chemicals used in some firefighting foam, following a number of groundwater contanimation ...

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