Water Quality


Call for Nominations Opening Soon for Water Quality Monitoring & Analysis Committee 2020 – 2022.
4 Committee positions will be available, with 8 committee members remaining. You must be a Member of the Australian Water Association to nominate for the committee.
We are driven by the interests of our member so you are most welcome to contact us with any ideas and enquiries for this network.


Antony Old, Managing Director, Watertight Robotics
Antony is the Commercial Manager and Managing Director of Watertight Robotics and Fremantle Commercial Diving. Antony has a bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Science from the University of Tasmania and is a qualified part 3 commercial diver. Antony has worked in the water industry providing specialist diving services since 2006, mainly focused on services that support water quality and online asset maintenance. Following the formation of Watertight robotics in 2017 Antony and his team have pioneered the widespread integration of robotic tank and reservoir cleaning into Australia and developed award-winning new technologies in this field. Antony is a respected authority in the fields of online tank and reservoir maintenance, both using diving and robotic techniques.

Sally Williamson, Water Technologist, CH2M (which is now Jacobs)
Starting her career in Sydney Water’s parasitology laboratory, Sally is a chartered environmental engineer with over fifteen years of experience in the water industry. She typically finds herself working on a very broad range of projects (from feasibility studies and research projects, to treatment process design and commissioning), but her main interests and experience are around water quality and risk assessment/management as it relates to drinking water, wastewater and reuse. Sally recognises that water quality monitoring and analysis are key to maintaining healthy communities and environments, and believes that continuous improvement is important for development of cost effective solutions to control and optimise of treatment system performance and catchment management. 

Committee Members

Audrey Killeen, Scheme Operations Manager, Flow Systems
Audrey is the Scheme Operations Manager at Flow Systems with a BSc in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Flow Systems is a private water utility which provides sewerage, recycled water and drinking water services to decentralised schemes across Sydney and the Hunter region. Her work includes operational and process oversight, management system implementation, operator training, asset management and business improvement initiatives. Her areas of interest and expertise include risk assessment, management system development and implementation, onsite commissioning/optimisation and process design. Prior to starting at Flow Systems, she was a senior process engineer for City Water Technology focussed on developing and implementing risk-based Drinking Water Management Systems (DWMSs) as per the Framework in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for numerous clients, including a state-based rail organisation and water supply systems managed at the federal level. She is also currently on the project team recommissioning the Sydney Desalination Plant.

Dean Puzey, Senior Technical Advisor - Wastewater Treatment, Water Corporation
Dean Puzey is currently employed as a wastewater treatment process specialist for the Water Corporation of WA. Completing his studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia, Dean was originally an extractive metallurgist by profession and spent 10 years working in the mining industry. Dean has worked in Queensland for Mount Isa Mines in both the lead zinc concentrator and lead smelter. Dean then moved back to Western Australia to work at the Sons of Gwalia Greenbushes mine spending time in both the tin / tantalum and lithium minerals processing streams. In 2005, Dean moved into wastewater treatment. Based in the South West of Western Australia, Dean has spent the last 14 years commissioning and optimising complex activated sludge wastewater treatment plants within the South West Region. Dean’s favourite book is entitled ‘Don’t Flush – Lifting the Lid on the Science of Poo and Wee’ (by Mary and Richard Platt). 

Stuart Rutledge, Process Engineer, Veolia
Stuart is a Process Engineer with Veolia based at the Gold Coast Desalination Plant (GCDP), Tugun, Queensland. Veolia is a company that delivers operational solutions across water, waste and energy sectors globally. His current role is to provide technical and engineering management guidance and support to operations and design teams, process risk assessment and management, process review and optimisation, troubleshooting and rectification planning, product quality assurance and compliance management for the GCDP. Stuart has over 14 years of technical experience within chemical, environmental, quality assurance and engineering practice in the water, resource and health sectors across government, private and international organisations. He has degrees in Environmental Engineering (USQ) and Applied Science (QUT) and has a keen interest in treatment facility and network processes and the associated optimisation opportunities they present. If he isn’t out surfing then he is spending time with his family in Brisbane.    

Yulia Shutova, Professional Water Engineer, AECOM
Yulia is a professional engineer based in AECOM Australia’s Sydney Office. With more than 10 years in the water industry, Yulia has a diverse experience from managing drinking water treatment plants to completing large research projects in collaboration with water utilities, research organisations and academics. Yulia has a particular interest in Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis, giving her experience working on water treatment operation and management in Russia, on water quality research in UNSW and now working in consulting on various projects. Yulia is very keen on taking the latest research findings in this area and helping industry to apply these findings in real life. 

Tania Strixner-Harvey, Operations Superintendent, Mount Isa Water Board
Tania has an Honours degree in Chemistry from James Cook University and has worked in the mining industry for approximately 25 years as a laboratory manager. She recently returned to her roots in Mount Isa and moved into the water industry; where she manages the day to day operation of the MIWB laboratory as well as the treatment plant for bulk and potable water. Tania’s goal is to improve lead and lag monitoring in the water treatment systems and to be a facilitator of change for regional and remote water treatment plants.       

Peter Wojciechowski, Director, consultant and system integration expert, Collab IT
Peter has 20 years of technology consulting and project delivery experience, with organisations that strive to be leaders in their industry and use technology to deliver business value, agility and competitive advantage. With a strong academic background in engineering and computing, Peter worked in Utilities for Accenture, Avanade, then as an independent contractor before joining forces with like minded individuals to form Collab and work with cutting edge technologies like TipoTapp on transformational and often challenging projects. Peter and family live in Melbourne and enjoy seeking out nature and local activities and events that Australia has abundantly on offer.