Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science

    Winning water innovations help State secure supplies for all

    27/10/2018 8:00 AM
    • Eight winners announced at Australian Water Association WA Water Awards
    • The awards recognise water industry excellence and innovation  

    Water Minister Dave Kelly has congratulated eight Western Australian water industry innovators who were last night crowned winners at the 2018 WA Water Awards.


    The 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. 


    The innovations recognised at the awards offer innovative solutions for the community to help protect WA's precious water sources into the future.


    The Water Corporation's Groundwater Replenishment Scheme was named winner of the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award.  The 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.


    The 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.


    The 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.


    The Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are proud Diamond Program Partners of the Australian Water Association's 2018 WA Water Awards.


    For more information on the WA Water Award winners, visit http://www.awa.asn.au


    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


    "Given the impacts of climate change in WA, innovations in water re-use and alternative sustainable water supplies, independent of rainfall, are crucial to our State's future.


    "The 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.


    "I congratulate all of the winners and wish them the best as they now move on to compete in the National Water Awards."


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