Senator Don Farrell, the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, has joined the Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion, to mark the completion of the Riverton and Clare Integrated Community Water Supply and Re-use Schemes.
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants will not only power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.
The concept of using wastewater to create green energy is much more widely applicable than often realised. Any factory with a biological waste stream or wastewater with high COD (chemical oxygen demand) can easily use this model to generate energy. Some companies making the investment have achieved payback within a year. Most typically achieve it within two years.
The use of a more streamlined process to recycle wastewater could have saved Brisbane from severe flooding in 2011 and mitigated recent flood risks in NSW, a leading water expert says.
The communities of Booleroo Centre and Melrose in South Australia's southern Flinders Ranges will save nearly six million litres of water each year through the use of an innovative water-saving technique.
Ku-ring-gai Council and Sydney Water have joined forces to switch on a new water recycling plant that will ensure Gordon golf course is always green.
Situated on Mt Tamborine in the Scenic Rim Region, Gallery Walk is one of the premier arts and craft centres of south-east Queensland. The collection of galleries and craft shops attracts hundreds of visitors each and every week.
The NSW Government has awarded a water recycling licence to Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to build a recycled water plant at the $500 million Darling Quarter development. The mixed-use development, located in Darling Harbour, Sydney, is one of the first to be granted a water recycling licence as part of the 2010 NSW Metropolitan Water Plan.
The Dalby Wastewater Recycling Plant has been officially opened by the Hon Desley Boyle, MP, Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.
Wastewater biosolids have typically been considered a waste product and management has focused on disposal and volume minimisation. However, with rising energy costs and the focus on sustainability, lower carbon footprint and energy independence within utilities, there is increasing interest in recovering the energy inherently available in biosolids.
DEXUS and co-owners DWPF and Cbus Property announced that NSW Water Minister Phil Costa has awarded the first combined private network and retailer’s water recycling licence to the 1 Bligh Street development, making it Sydney CBD’s first high-rise commercial office tower to incorporate blackwater recycling technology.
Black & Veatch and Zhongying Precious Metal are investigating advanced technologies that would provide sustainable options for two new wastewater treatment plants. The plants will treat domestic and industrial waste at a new industrial park in the Lunggang District of Shenzhen. One treatment option under investigation would provide for potential water re-use applications.
Murdoch’s scientists are showing off the latest developments in cutting-edge bioelectrical systems that turn wastewater into electricity.
BHP Billiton, as one of Western Australia's big water users, has a target of 10% potable water saving documented into its environmental policy and sustainable growth strategies. The new administration and maintenance facility at Port Hedland's Finucane Island is part of BHP Billiton's Western Australian Rapid Growths Project (RGP4).
A combined effort from a number of suppliers has resulted in the successful operation of a water reclamation scheme at Echuca, on the Murray River, north of Bendigo.