Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly
Winning Water Innovations Help State Secure Supplies For All
Victor P Taffa
- 8 winners announced at Australian Water Association Western Australia Water Awards
- Awards recognise water industry excellence and innovation
Minister for Water Dave Kelly has congratulated 8 Western Australian water industry innovators who were last night crowned winners at the 2018 Western Australia Water Awards.
“Awarded innovations highlight the need for everyone in our community to play a role for securing our water future whether it be in the home by reusing our water through greywater systems or State Government investment in climate-independent drinking water sources.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.
“I congratulate all of the winners and wish them the best as they now move on to compete in the National Water Awards.”
Awards, held as part of National Water Week celebrations, recognise achievements in sustainable water innovations. This year’s National Water Week theme is ‘Water for me, Water for all’ to encourage Western Australians to help protect the security of our water resources against reduced rainfall impacts from climate change.
Innovations recognised at the awards offer innovative solutions for the community to help protect Western Australia’s precious water sources into the future.
Water Corporation’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme was named winner of the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award.
First stage of the scheme started recharging recycled water in late 2017, and has the capacity to produce 14 Billion litres of water each year. Work is underway to expand the scheme’s capacity to 28 Billion litres of water a year.
Advanced Waste Water Systems won the Innovating for Sustainable Water and Environmental Outcomes category for a self-cleaning greywater diversion device to reduce maintenance of the independent water supply for fit-for-purpose uses, such as reticulating gardens.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (Grahame Heal) Award went to Coterra Environment’s Rosehill Waters residential development, which is designed to enhance infiltration of rainfall and reduce water use through drought-tolerant landscaping.
Program Innovation Award went to Revitalising Geographe Waterways an initiative to improve water quality by reducing nutrient run-off through close collaboration between Vasse Taskforce representatives from local government, water service providers, catchment groups and State agencies led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are proud Diamond Program Partners of the Australian Water Association’s 2018 Western Australia Water Awards.