Sustainability > Water

Infrastructure planned to secure water supplies

20 October, 2008

 Australia’s urban water industry is set to provide an infrastructure boom for the economy over the next decade as the industry completes its $30 billion investment program in new sources of water.

Position paper on water charge rules issued

02 October, 2008

The ACCC has issued its position paper seeking submissions on the development of water charge rules for irrigation infrastructure operators and bulk water operators.

Irrigation water use down by 29%

28 August, 2008

In 2006–07, irrigation water use decreased by 29% from the previous year to 7636 gigalitres, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Invention to save 40% of household water used

26 August, 2008

Australian inventor Geoffrey Foster believes the Waterfuse Watersaver, which claims to save 40% of household water use, is the 'silver bullet' governments are seeking to manage the looming water crisis.

Sink wins national award for water saving

15 July, 2008

The Hughie Sink, a simple moulded-plastic sink insert invented in Queensland, has won the national awards recognising Australia’s outstanding water-saving products or services.

Up to $5m funding available for water smart projects

26 June, 2008

Up to $5 million of funding for innovative sustainable water use projects is now available in a new funding round of the Smart Water Fund. Businesses, community groups, individuals and research organisations are urged to apply for the funding, which is available for water conservation, water recycling and biosolids management projects.

Water planning in Australia

29 April, 2008

Australia’s national water commissioners met in Brisbane to discuss progress on water planning across the nation and announced that no Australian jurisdiction can yet claim to have a fully effective water planning system.

Competition presents eco-future of home appliances

18 April, 2008

A compact washing machine that uses nuts that grow on trees rather than laundry detergent; a device that turns plastic shopping bags into compost; and a detergent-free compact dishwasher that uses the cleaning power of water alone are the products emerging from Electrolux’s Design Lab competition.

Groundwater hydrology lectures announced

05 March, 2008

EnviroEquip, in conjunction with In-Situ Inc, has introduced the Groudwater Hydrology Lectures. The lectures will be presented by Dr Ted Way, a senior hydrologist and educator with over 40 years of experience.

Irrigation conference to be opened by Water Minister

05 March, 2008

The Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, will officially open the Irrigation Australia 2008 conference and deliver the first keynote address in May.

Water trading could help Australia adapt to climate change

26 February, 2008

Water trading is one of the tools the water resource sector will use to adapt to the effects of climate change.

'Green' glasshouse for red tomatoes

25 February, 2008

The first stages of d'VineRipe's $30 million truss tomato glasshouse at Two Wells, South Australia, has opened. The glasshouse is owned by Victor Smorgon Group and agribusiness investment manager, Timbercorp Limited

Sustainable business podcast series launched

13 February, 2008

The Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW (DECC) Sustainability Advantage program has launched a podcast series featuring global sustainable business expert, Dr Bob Willard.

Answers to Australia’s water security

07 February, 2008

The ongoing issues around water security and supply in Australia make the Irrigation Australia 2008 Conference and Exhibition a must for anyone in irrigation in rural or urban communities.

Specialist water division formed

01 February, 2008

In a move designed to reinforce its sustainability credentials across a broad range of building and development areas, Bonacci Group has formed a new operating division called Bonacci Water.

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