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Our Principal Members 1



Celebrating our Dynamic Industry


Accelerating the Water Industry


About the Water Industry Alliance


Meet the 2017 Winners


2017 TRILITY Innovation Award


2017 Allwater Alliancing Award


2017 Allwater High Commendation


Turning our Global Water Challenges into Local Opportunities


2017 AWA Environmental Improvement Award


2017 Minister’s Award


2017 Leadership Award


Award Photos


Meet our Sponsors


CELEBRATING OUR DYNAMIC INDUSTRY Welcome to this special awards edition of Solutions in Water where we celebrate the achievements of our members. As Chair of the Water Industry Alliance, I’m proud to be involved in an industry that is so dynamic, positive, innovative, and has so much to give the State in the future. It fills all of us involved with the Alliance with pride to see the fantastic work being done across the water industry. To have the opportunity to acknowledge these successes like we did earlier last month is so important and beneficial to the industry. The nominees clearly demonstrated that we are solutions driven people; seeking answers through research, product development, technologies and collaboration. For decades South Australia has been known as the driest state in the driest continent; now we’re shaking off any negative connotations that may be attached to that label and turning it around into a massive positive. We’re taking our innovations in managing those dry conditions to the world, helping emerging nations overcome their own problems with water scarcity and quality. As a State we’re very good at it and we’re now telling the world about our water expertise, and starting to reap the results. As I outlined at the awards luncheon, at the Alliance we want to see your business grow and thrive; we want to see you do even better than you are now locally, nationally and internationally. We want to see our R&D and innovation take its rightful place at the front of the pack in solving the world’s water problems. That’s our vision and we hope you share it. As Chair, I encourage you to stay involved with our events and business development activities over the coming year and be a part of the collaborative and supportive culture that is the strength of our water industry. I hope you enjoy reading about the award winners in this issue. We can’t wait to share more of your success stories and to keep showing the world how great our industry is. Robran Cock Chair Water Industry Alliance 3

Operating in a dry and variable climate, South Australia has developed world leading capabilities, skills and technology in water management.

WATER IS AN ENABLER TO ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIANS The South Australian water industry currently contributes in excess of $591 million per year and employs around 8,458 people. Globally, there is increasing demand for water management expertise and products to assist with:

While there are clear opportunities to grow our local water industry internationally, we have not yet realised this potential.


Accelerating the Water Industry A plan to grow the water industry into a globally competitive and recognised sector

The South Australian economy is undergoing a transformation. There is a shift towards the ‘next’ economy based on its strengths arising from its manufacturing workforce, advanced technology, top quality research institutions, exemplary food and wine production, and high quality of life. The Government has already identified a number of sectors that have the potential to leverage and replace traditional sectors and make a far greater contribution to the State’s economy. The water sector is one of these which, if nurtured, has the potential to become a significant source of new economic and employment growth over the coming decades, and act as an enabler to other industries such as agriculture and mining. South Australia has strengths in many areas of water resource management. These capabilities are receiving increased attention from around the world and many countries are now actively looking to South Australia for assistance on their water management challenges. On the back of this, our water companies are having increasing success in exporting our water skills, knowledge and technology nationally and internationally. The investment by industry, universities and government has begun to unlock the doors to the possibilities for growing the water sector. Now, further targeted investment, along with a well-coordinated approach, is required to enable the sector to step through the doorway, grasp these opportunities and translate them into real jobs and economic growth. The Water Industry Alliance has prepared a plan known as the Water Accelerator Plan that sets out an ambitious target for growth with an aim to increase the number of people employed within the South Australian water sector from 8,458 people in 2016 to 12,000 by the end of 2026. However, achieving this target will not be the task of the WIA alone, but will require all of our industry, government and research leaders to work together.

Water Industry Alliance The Water Industry Alliance (WIA) is a globally recognised collective of water expertise and research organisations based in South Australia, which drives growth for its members and the South Australian economy. Formed in 1998, the WIA is a cluster of 100 water-related organisations focused on sharing our members’ water expertise with the world and growing the water industry through networking, collaboration and business development opportunities. We are developing a globally recognised, vibrant, and resilient water industry.

Membership Joining the Water Industry Alliance brings a range of benefits – we are focussed on delivering commercial advantage to our members. With more than 25 member events hosted each year, the WIA provides valuable business connections and networking opportunities.




Make connections across the water industry and promote the capabilities of your company.

Being a member of the WIA will help your business access opportunities locally, nationally and globally. We have seen many members access new markets and win business as a direct result of the connections made through the WIA.

The WIA is focussed on communicating the importance of the industry as a key enabler to future economic growth. By adding your voice to ours, collectively we can identify and promote opportunities to grow our sector.

Members have a range of opportunities to feature their business including presenting at members showcase events, hosting WIA members events at their premises, and being listed in our marketing materials.

For members seeking deeper insights and the opportunity to influence, nominations can be made to become a WIA board member.

The WIA is helping transform the water industry, and in particular assisting SMEs to look beyond the horizon and identify shared goals and address new and larger opportunities. 5


Meet the 2017 Award Winners 2017 TRILITY Innovation Award SA Water for the Energy Management System

2017 Allwater Alliancing Award

Australian Water Environments, Aqueon, Water Data Services and Alano Water (with Syntec Global and Hassell) for the Australia China Sponge City Consortium

2017 Allwater Alliancing High Commendation

Dematec Automation and HydroPlan for the Gawler Water Reuse Scheme

2017 Australian Water Association Environmental Improvement Award

Major Projects Group, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources for Weir Pool Manipulation in the South Australia River Murray

2017 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec for Environmental Stormwater Management for a Greenfield Urban Environment

2017 SA Water Leadership Award

Andrew Johnson, Executive Sector Specialist, ICEWaRM and former Executive Director, PIRSA 7

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2017 TRILITY Innovation Award SA Water

for the Energy Management System SA Water has developed and implemented innovative strategies resulting in the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment plant now being 87% energy self-sufficient and the Glenelg WWT plant increasing its energy self-sufficiency from 55% to over 80%. The improvements were made via an energy management program which has reduced carbon emissions by 13,000 tonnes per year across the energy intensive wastewater treatment sites. Bolivar treats around 150 million litres of sewage a day and to manage energy use SA Water has invested about $26 million to install new infrastructure to make the best use of biogas to produce renewable electricity and heat. A team of specialists from SA Water, its alliance partner Allwater, Clarke Energy, other external consultants, scientists and engineering graduates conducted the detailed Energy Efficiency Opportunities Assessments on wastewater treatment management.


Some outcomes started as research and innovation ideas and were scaled up to full size operational facilities, for example co-digestion of industrial waste and sewage sludge, intermittent mixing, advanced aeration control, and WWTP Energy benchmarking to identify shortfalls and inform decisions to implement improvements to optimise energy and reduce emissions. A $2 million full scale co-digestion facility which combines high strength organic materials, that are by-products from industrial activities, with the sewage sludge to generate electricity was trialled and installed as another integral part of the program. The industrial by-products would otherwise have gone to landfill, another environmental advantage of the SA Water holistic package. It has also reduced the plant’s carbon footprint, improved operational efficiencies, contributed to a healthier environment and ultimately helped with customers’ cost of living.

TRILITY supporting excellence in our local industry As an Adelaide-based company, TRILITY is proud to support the Water Industry Alliance and its annual awards recognising excellence in the South Australian water industry.

across the entire range of project disciplines including finance, design and construction, operation and maintenance, asset management and utility services.

TRILITY has an international footprint and international investors yet its South Australian head office has provided an ideal location for the water utility services group to expand its presence across Australia.

TRILITY’s presence in South Australia includes regional locations including the Victor Harbor wastewater treatment plant, a reuse facility for the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and a wastewater treatment and reuse scheme for the Berri-Barmera Council in South Australia’s Riverland.

“That is why supporting excellence in our local industry is so important,” said TRILITY Managing Director Francois Gouws.

TRILITY also operates and maintains the Birdwood Wastewater Treatment plant in the Adelaide Hills for the Adelaide Hills Council.

“We recognise the potential for national and international growth in many of the companies who operate in this State and deliver high quality outcomes for their customers and their employees.”

TRILITY’s work in regional communities is a critical part of its offering to clients and customers. Where appropriate, TRILITY will work alongside community representatives to ensure optimum outcomes for the project and the people it serves. This approach is just one example of the company’s progressive thinking and commitment that help ensure the company can make a genuine difference in communities.

TRILITY’s role in the 2017 awards included sponsorship and support for the TRILITY Innovation Award which was secured by SA Water. The company has established a national network of clients and is renowned for its innovation. TRILITY has operated in the Australian water utility sector for more than 20 years. The company currently owns, operates or maintains treatment plants across Australia and New Zealand with a combined capacity of over 1,250 mega litres per day (ML/d). With capabilities extending across the full life cycle of water, wastewater treatment, reuse and desalination projects, TRILITY is committed to being the sector’s ‘provider of choice.’ The company’s expertise extends

Closer to Adelaide, TRILITY also operates the Adelaide Desalination Plant, as part of a joint venture, which provides Adelaide with half of its annual water usage and has the capacity to supply up to 100 billion litres of water a year. Hydramet as a subsidiary specialises in water treatment solutions with a strong focus on chlorination, disinfection and chemical dosing for potable and wastewater treatment applications. Hydramet services in excess of 110 sites across South Australia. Hence saying ‘Water is our business’. 9

2017 Allwater Alliancing Award Australian Water Environments, Aqueon, Water Data Services & Alano Water (with Syntec Global and HASSELL) for the Australia China Sponge City Consortium

A consortium of six companies – some of whom could be regarded as traditional competitors – has worked together to secure a $100 million, three-year contract in Adelaide’s twin city in China, Jinan. Still in its infancy, the Consortium is running a pilot program for the Jinan Government and has been invited to demonstrate its capabilities to other cities, potentially opening up a vast market for its members and other SA water-based businesses. The Australia China Sponge City Consortium comprises of; Syntec Global, Hassell, Australian Water Environments, Aqueon, Alano Water and Water Data Services. None of the Consortium members was large enough to tackle the Chinese Sponge City stormwater market individually so the members pitched their collective skills in a very targeted manner, demonstrating direct access to experts in their fields across all the disciplines needed to deliver improved holistic urban stormwater management on a whole of catchment scale. The world recognised Springs of Jinan are under threat. Spring flows are being depleted, and water quality is deteriorating and many thousands of people are at risk of flooding in the city.

The Australia China Sponge City Consortium was formed in August 2016 following support from the Water Industry Alliance

This has provided the Consortium with a new market opportunity in a time when the local market is very constrained. Members liaised with the City of Onkaparinga, WIA, SA Water, DEWNR and DSD to promote and demonstrate an integrated approach across technical design work, policy areas, and government and benefited from participating in SA Government Outbound Trade Missions.

Picture: Springs of Jinan, China


2017 Allwater Alliancing High Commendation Dematec Automation & HydroPlan for the Gawler Water Reuse Scheme Dematec Automation and HydroPlan Pty Ltd formed a successful alliance to deliver the $21.4m Gawler Water Reuse Scheme (GWRS) project in 2015-16. Incorporating the design and construction of a harvesting mechanism from the Gawler River and 43 km of pipelines, it brought new water to the western Barossa, reducing reliance on the River Murray and flood risk in the Gawler region. Savings achieved through alliancing were re-invested in water security improvements and strategic provisions for up to 4,000ML/pa by connection to the Virginia Pipeline Scheme (VPS), MAR storage and increased stormwater harvesting capacity. Environmental benefits include energy efficiency, substituting more than 800ML/pa of Gawler River water for Murray River water, productive use of recycled water from Bolivar WWTP via VPS and reuse of stormwater runoff from the Gawler River.

Dematec Automation supplied its scaleable Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) platform which delivered: • Secure 3G communications platform for the remote operation and control of the network (via tablet or phone) • Cloud based operator interface with automated process trending and reporting • Data connections to third party software packages for presentation of water usage information directly to customers • Camera access at critical pump stations to enable remote visual inspection. HydroPlan operated the extensive GWRS system of five pump stations, a river monitoring station, two dams, five monitoring and valve control stations, and a water treatment plant, remotely from Adelaide.

Picture: GWRS Pump Station 11

“Here in South Australia, the success or otherwise of the water industry will have enormous impact on the future of jobs and economic activity.�


Turning our Global Water Challenges into Local Opportunities Business SA CEO Nigel McBride urged WIA members to learn from their own failures and the success of others, be part of constructive disruption, collaborate locally, nationally and globally and learn how to make successful power pitches and win tenders in his keynote presentation at the WIA’s Smart Water Awards luncheon. Mr McBride told members and guests that the water industry is arguably the most important industry on the planet but people don’t understand its importance and too often it only gets noticed when things go wrong. Mr McBride cautioned of a deepening global divide between haves and have-nots, and that while billions of people do not have the water supply we take for granted, they ARE connected to the internet and are increasingly aware of the extent of the inequality. “This is an aspect of one of the many challenges facing you,” Mr McBride said.

“The water industry faces ecological impact challenges involving extraction and conservation; climate change; impacts on other industries, people’s livelihoods and indigenous cultures; food security; energy and transport; salinity and so on. “But challenges are opportunities.

and we’re now marketing these with growing success on the world market. The scope is enormous, but we are a State of SMEs and natural competitors need to work together to be truly successful internationally. “Our water related technology and expertise is one of our most exciting export growth areas.”

“Here in South Australia, the success or otherwise of the water industry will have enormous impact on the future of jobs and economic activity. “Our ‘driest state/driest continent’ mantra has forced us to look for innovative, disruptive solutions 13

2017 Australian Water Association Environmental Improvement Award Major Projects Group, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) for Weir Pool Manipulation in the South Australia River Murray

A Major Projects team from DEWNR is managing weir pool levels in the River Murray in a successful bid to re-balance navigability and irrigation needs with the natural highly variable river flows. Weirs, dams and barrages constructed in the past 100 years or so stabilised flows but had the side effect of restricting nutrient and biota exchange between the river, anabranches and the floodplain. DEWNR’s Riverine Recovery Project (RRP) is an innovative attempt to implement a regime shift in the lower Murray. Fully restoring the pre-regulation ecology via water level manipulation is not a realistic goal but improving localised aspects is possible. The RRP and SARFIIP managed events were undertaken with significant coordination between DEWNR, SA Water, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Commonwealth Environment Water Office and other environmental water users. Very important is the high level of community acceptance and recognition for the need to change the current management of the River Murray and RRP has significantly improved community acceptance of varying river levels.


In future, a regime approach will be taken to the management of weir pools incorporating raising, lowering and increases in flow over appropriate durations and at appropriate times to try to mimic pre-regulation river conditions. Weir pool manipulation has achieved and will continue to achieve a range of benefits for the lower Murray including, but not limited to, increased in-channel water level variability leading to: • Enhanced diversity of riparian vegetation • Temporary seasonal habitats • Stimulation of germination and hatching from sediments • Improved riverine and wetland productivity • Creation of wetting and drying regime in low-level wetlands and part of floodplains • Improved hydrological connectivity of anabranch channels • Creation of small-scale flooding events • Promotion of cycling of carbon and nutrients within the river, anabranches, floodplain and wetland.

The scale and significance of this work with weirs and locks is of vital importance and underpins important and ongoing environment improvement, including river and ecosystem health, in the basin. - Judging Panel comments

This has been achieved using 1920s infrastructure, minimising resource and construction impacts. Of lasting benefit is the success of community engagement, resulting in acceptance of an innovative water level regime shift in the lower Murray supported by Weir Pool Community Campions, further promoting this excellent environmental water initiative in the local communities.

Continue the Recognition by Submitting a Nomination for the South Australian Water Awards. The Australian Water Association Awards Program is an annual program to celebrate and promote the outstanding work achieved by individuals and organisations in the water sector. At Ozwater’17 this year, our SA Water Professional of the Year Craig Simmons took out the prestigious National Water Professional of the Year award – can SA take out more national awards this year? Submit your entry now to be in the running. Winners will be announced at the SA Gala Dinner & Awards Night on Friday, 17 November. Nominations close 18 September 2017. Visit to enter! 15

2017 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec for Environmental Stormwater Management for a greenfield urban environment

Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA), wins this award for its innovative strategy to manage stormwater runoff from a 1500 lot development on greenfield land at Western Flat Creek in Mount Barker.


Environmental Stormwater Management for a Greenfield Urban Environment The strategy countered numerous environmental impacts, with solutions developed in part via use of computer modelling and largely through direct involvement in the town planning process.

It uses techniques to manage or retain rainfall through infiltration, retention and reduction of the catchment’s response time to drain to the creek. Planning also included a corridor along the creek with suitable open spaces for environmental management of stormwater.

This innovative approach included infiltration wells directing flows from roofs back into waterways; multiple scale wetlands and reed beds holding water for 2-3 days and acting as an ecological sponge to benefit habitat and biodiversity; and incorporating pools and riffles in the watercourse to reduce erosion risk and restore natural function. WGA’s approach to this project was a significant departure from the traditional stormwater management that does not address the typical negative impacts of greenfield development on existing natural creek systems.

Environmental sustainability outcomes included maintaining Western Flat Creek’s quality of water, flow regimes, vegetation and the habitats it supports; protecting the creek from erosion; protecting downstream areas from flooding and contributing to social wellbeing by providing opportunities for engagement with the natural environment.

Selling South Australia’s water capabilities to the world South Australia is a world leader in water management. Our water policies, expertise and technologies have transformed our water industry and driven sustainable water use. The Government of South Australia is committed to pursuing new investment and export opportunities to ensure that our industry plays a key role in solving water challenges around the world.

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World-leading irrigation efficiency Water harvesting and managed aquifer recharge Water quality evaluation and management Wastewater treatment

✓ Intelligent water supply networks ✓ Policy development and transformational change ✓ Robust science 17

2017 SA Water Leadership Award Andrew Johnson Industry Sector Specialist, ICE WaRM and former Director, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) for Oustanding contribution to the South Australian water industry

Andrew Johnson has nearly 40 years’ experience in natural resource, water and environmental management working in environmental impact assessment, soil conservation and land management, landcare, dryland salinity, water policy, industry and community development and legislative reform. Most recently, Andrew has worked closely, through ICE WaRM, with senior managers in the water sector in Nepal as part of Australia’s Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio, accepting an invitation from that country’s Government to support development and implementation of the new water policy. Andrew is a conscientious builder not afraid to confront tough issues and stand up for defensible positions which may not be popular at the time. He rapidly builds rapport with clients and colleagues and is aware of the needs of those above him as well of his subordinates. Andrew is well liked and highly respected by the industry. This is demonstrated by his recognition at the State, National, and now International levels. He frequently has to turn down approaches for assistance as his diary is too full, even now he has officially retired from full-time work. Many staff in DEWNR and PIRSA owe Andrew a significant debt for his mentoring work. He has identified younger staff with potential and worked alongside them, often challenging them to take on responsibilities they were not expecting to take on as yet.

“I am honoured to have been selected as the recipient of the Industry Leaderhip Award. To be considered in the same light as previous winners such as Tim Waterhouse, Richard Hopkins and Karlene Maywald (to name a few) that have played an exemplary role in industry development is rather overwhelming.”


World class water services for a better life This is our vision. 160 years of innovation so far is a great starting point to lead the way into the future through smart technology. We look forward to working with you to achieve our vision, with our customers at the heart of everything we do.

Most of Andrew’s work at a strategic level has led change from the point of policy and practice. Many of his innovations have had a lasting impact on NRM, including water management in South Australia. His commitment to community consultation and the use of scientific evidence have been key in this work. His career achievements are far too numerous to list but include delivery of the $265m South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS); development of the New Horizons soil management initiative; program sponsor for the delivery of the SARMS program which (as of August) has approved about 170 projects delivering 34 gigalitres and $170 million; numerous Executive Director and Director roles in SA Government departments, agencies and affiliated bodies; member: national Natural Resources Policy and Programs Committee; Chair: National Indigenous Reconciliation Working Group; and member: MDB River Operations Steering Committee. He was not available to accept the award in person but sent an acceptance address which said in part, “The expertise and capability of the water industry in South Australia is certainly a real opportunity for the state. Having represented SA and its expertise over the last 18 months in countries such as Nepal, India and China it is pleasing to note that we are held in high regard. Our expertise is world leading and we need to develop a process or mechanism that will enable us to capture this interest and turn it into real economic development and jobs for the state. My challenge for you, the South Australian water industry, is how do we establish and grow a facility to capture even a very small percentage of what is being spent and will be spent in the future in these countries (China, India, Nepal and South East Asia) - literally tens of billions of dollars. We have the expertise and knowledge but our ability to bid for these projects is limited as we have so few people that we can utilise at any point in time and we lack the facility to provide international credibility to any bid�. 19

Out & About at the Awards 1.










1. Nathan Silby, Joe LaSpina & Russell Martin, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec 2. Robran Cock, TRILITY & Rachel Barratt, WIA 3. Shaun Ledson, Allwater 4. Nigel McBride, Business SA 5. Theresa Medlock & Cherie McCullough, HydroPlan 6. Volmer Berens, Matt Gibbs & Jan Whittle, Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources 8. Rob Macpherson & Andrew Jackson, SA Water 9. Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Water & the River Murray 10. Ivor Gaylard, SWAN Systems & Carly Soutter, Hunter H2O.


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