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Entries in Water News (41)

Tuesday
Jul132010

Switch off Desal says water utilities

POWER-HUNGRY desal plants should be mothballed when dams are full to protect against soaring bills, the nation's water utilities say.

Water prices have risen as much as 22 per cent this month, coinciding with a $9 billion investment in desalination plants in capital cities.

The Water Services Association of Australia yesterday urged state governments to switch off desalination plants when they were not essential.

"If you've got all your dams overflowing, it's very difficult to justify them having the desalination plants still running," executive director Ross Young said. "It would save people money, and it would save greenhouse gas emissions."

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Source: The Australian

Tuesday
Jun292010

Water Bills to rise

South-east Queensland residents will be under more financial pressure from July because of a jump in water prices.

Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) is one of three council-owned water companies set up after the State Government overhauled the sector.

Today it announced water and sewerage price hikes for residents in Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset, the Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley.

Bills will rise by an average of 10.7 per cent or $107 a year.

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Wednesday
Jun232010

Hike in water charges: Successful appeal pays off for Coliban

COLIBAN Water users have been slugged with an average $110 increase annually after Victoria’s economic regulator, the Essential Services Commission, approved revised tariffs yesterday.

The rises came after Coliban Water applied to the commission for an adjustment from the five-year pricing system set on July 1, 2008.

The water company is the first in Victoria to use the ‘‘uncertain or unforeseen’’ events mechanism after prolonged drought had projected the company would be at a loss. Read More.

Friday
Jun112010

SAVE WATER AND WIN!

Now in their eighth year, the savewater! awards® recognise and reward excellence in water conservation and efficiency by business, government, schools, local communities and individuals.

The seven award categories include: Australian Achiever; Business; Community Groups; Educational Institutions; Government; Product Innovations (open internationally); and Photographic Award (open internationally).

Entries are now open, with winners to be announced in November.

http://www.savewater.com.au/

Thursday
Apr292010

Water authority says algae non-toxic

Grampians Wimmera Mallee (GWM) Water says the naturally occurring compound called MIB has been found in the Mt Zero water storage.

Non-toxic blue-green algae causes the compound and is not considered harmful.

The compound can be detected in water supplies at as little as 26 parts per trillion.

Testing has found levels at Mt Zero range from 75 to 165 parts per trillion.

GWM's Andrew Rose says the only way to remove it from the storage is to replace the existing filter material at a cost of $500,000.

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