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Principal Members





2014 Smart Water Award Winners


Thank you


2014 Irrigation & Use Winner


2014 Resource Management Winner


2014 Leadership Winner


2014 Planning & Delivery Winner and High Commendation


2014 Minister’s Award for Water & Climate Change Leadership


Chairman’s Award Winner


Member Update


Out & About


What’s on THURSDAY 26 JUNE 2014 3.30pm - 5.00pm WaRDA Cluster Launch - open to all.

TUESDAY 15 JULY 2014 5pm- 7pm July Members Night, with special guest speaker, Annelise Avril, Allwater General Manager- members only.

TUESDAY 19 AUGUST 2014 5pm- 7pm August Members Night, guest speaker to be confirmed members only. 2

June brings around the end of another financial year and I hope it has been a good one for you despite the current tough conditions. The last month has been a big one for us at the Alliance with lots of the different events including our main event for the year, the Smart Water Awards, which was held on the 23rd May. I would like to once again express my congratulations to our very worthy award winners and it was great to see the Minister for Water and the River Murray, the Honourable Ian Hunter, speak about the winners in the South Australian Legislative Council. May also included the WIA attending OzWater in Brisbane which was another great success and very shortly after we hosted several senior managers from Beijing Water Authority (BWA) on a tour through some of South Australia’s water facilities. We hope to be able to continue our relationship with BWA with help from our State and Commonwealth Government Chinese offices. Another note-worthy event in May was my trip to China with a delegation including the Honourable Susan Close, Minister for Manufacturing, Innovation (then also Minister for Trade) and Hon. Martin Hamilton-Smith, now Minister for Trade. This trip opened many doors and provided a good number of introductions that, while they will take time to develop and mature, will hopefully lead to real work for members in what is a very fast growing area. We would also like to thank SA Water for their willingness to support our event Engaging with SA Water, following their restructure. This event included presentations from eight members of the Commercial & Business Development teams as well as representatives from Operations & Maintenance and Procurement. This was an excellent opportunity for people in the industry to be updated on the changes and who is carrying out which roles. Lastly, we are now entering the membership renewal period. Something that we don’t promote enough is that Water Industry Alliance membership is truly company-wide membership – the one membership covers all of your employees. This means that when your company joins the WIA you can provide the details for as many of your company employees as you like, to receive eNews, Solutions in Water, invitations and more. Plus all of your employees receive members prices at events and any three of your employees can attend our members nights and other events. Andy Roberts, Chief Executive Officer Water Industry Alliance


Congratulations 2014 Smart Water Award Winners On Friday 23 May the Water Industry Alliance announced the winners of the 2014 Smart Water Awards. The Smart Water Awards, recognise members who have demonstrated excellence in expertise in their field and are the leading contributors to the South Australian water industry. This year there were seven winners across six categories; Water Industry Alliance Irrigation & Use Award - Sentek for The All-in One Soil Moisture, Salinity and temperature Management Solution Australian Water Association Resource Management Award Factor UTB for Matua Marlborough Winery Wastewater Treatment Plant. SA Water Leadership Award Waterfind for Waterfind Forward Water Market.

TRILITY Planning & Delivery Award - Kellogg Brown & Root and SA Water for Combining cultural and strategic initiatives to achieve delivery certainty, continual improvement and innovation. TRILITY Planning & Delivery High Commendation - Environmental Water Services for Safe & Costeffective Sanitation for Transient Communities. Minister’s Award for Water & Climate Change Leadership Environmental Water Services for Safe & Cost Effective Sanitation Using Significant Local Content for Developing Countries. Chairman’s Award - Karlene Maywald for her exceptional services to the water industry both in South Australia and nationally. With WIA members from over 170 companies, research and education institutions and

government departments that span the water sector from engineering, manufacturing and legal through to finance, education and technology providers, our members are leading the industry with their cutting edge practices. Andy Roberts, WIA Chief Executive Officer said that this year’s winners continue to exemplify outstanding water services & technology. The WIA held its inaugural Award ceremony in 2004 and over the past 11 years the Awards has been sponsored by over 40 generous sponsors, hosted more than 2000 attendees and has seen over 75 companies become the successful recipients of a prestigious WIA Award. For more information on the Water Industry Alliance, head to www. 3


Thank you to the following organisations and individuals who have given their support to the 2014 Awards Welcome The Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Water and the River Murray

Our Sponsors Naming Sponsors

Guest Speaker Vinh Giang, Magician and 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year

Our Judges Neil Palmer, Chief Executive Officer, National Centre of Excellence in Desalination

Gold Sponsors

Gavin McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, Central Irrigation Trust and Chair, National Irrigators Council Tim Flowers, Senior Environmental Advisor, Beach Energy Limited Julia Grant, Executive Director, Water and Climate Change, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

And to all of our members, partners and nominees of this year’s Awards. 4

Silver Sponsors


Sentek, Water Industry Alliance Irrigation & Use Award Winner

on the base of the sealed access tube, which has a cutting edge to slice away the excess soil. All the electronics are then inserted into the tube to create a single complete Ai1 unit.

To minimise field obstruction and reduce set-up complexity, Sentek has merged its high resolution multi sensor soil moisture-salinity and temperature profiling probe with a compact integrated data transmission unit. The Winner: Sentek, for The All-in One Soil resulting Ai1 probe reads “true” undisturbed data; is Moisture, Salinity and temperature cable free; long life battery Management Solution operated; has Bluetooth Precision irrigation requires accurate connectivity for field testand credible information. Sentek’s ing with app and transmits new All-in-One (Ai1) profiling probe via a range of telemetry solution, maintains the scientific vaoptions. These include all lidity of the brand, whilst considering major cellular networks as the practical needs of installers’ and well as satellite. growers’. Data is posted to and Taking pragmatic and scientific graphed on Sentek’s requirements into account, Sentek user-friendly IrriMAX Live website, has invented the patented Fast-1 accessible from any browser. IrriMAX undisturbed installation technique. Live can synchronise with IrriMAX on After augering an under-sized hole, a users’ PC and can also graph and the probe is installed by hammering The Smart Water Irrigation & Use Award will be awarded to the most successful applicant whose work involves an innovative approach through a Project, Policy, R&D / Innovative Product or Service, Alliance, Business Growth / New Market in the specified area of irrigation and use.

analyse supporting data. Pictured: Top: Nick Ktoris, Sentek GM accepting the Award from WIA Chairman, Tim Waterhouse and CEO Andy Roberts. Below: Sentek team with their Award.

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Factor UTB, Australian Water Association Resource Management Award Winner The Smart Water Resource Management Award will be awarded to the most successful applicant whose work involves an innovative approach through a Project, Policy, R&D / Innovative Product or Service, Alliance, Business Growth / New Market in the specified area of resource management. Winner: Factor UTB for Mutua Marlborough Winery Wastewater Treatment Winery wastewater treatment poses a complex and challenging set of problems for engineers. Winery wastewater varies hugely in its nature, volume and load on an hourly and daily basis. It is subject to very high seasonal peaks as the different wine mak-

ing and bottling stages are undertaken. The strong waste if untreated is highly damaging to the receiving environment. Factor UTB has designed and built 36 wastewater treatment plants since 2001 with several plants treating winery waste using its proprietary control and process technology. Its small staff have designed, supervised construction and commissioned each plant.

The solution included a two into one, two-stage design based on highly controlled Bio-Reactors which togethThe 25,000 tonne crush Matua Marl- er achieves the removal efficiency and borough Winery is located in New load balancing. Twenty Two weeks Zealand’s region famous for Sauvifrom order the design, Council apgnon Blanc wines. The wastewater proval, manufacturing, construction load from Matua during vintage is and commissioning were completed equal to the sewage load from a town with waste treated in vintage 2013. of 23,500 people. The treatment Pictured: Mutua Marlborough Winery Plant

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plant was required to fit within the constraints of the winery, into an area less than 1,500m 2 (3 average house blocks).

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Waterfind, SA Water Leadership Award Winner The Smart Water Leadership Award will be awarded to the most successful applicant whose work involves an innovative approach through a Project, Policy, R&D / Innovative Product or Service, Alliance, Business Growth / New Market in the specified area of leadership. Winner: Waterfind for Waterfind Forward Market On 23 May, Waterfind was presented with the Water Industry Alliance Smart Water Leadership Award for its recently launched Waterfind Forward Water Market. The Waterfind Forward Water Market is the only one of its type in the world and provides Australian irrigators with an important international competitive edge and underpins future water security and crop production. The launch of this market was made possible by regulation changes announced in March 2014 by Minister Simon Birmingham. These changes provided the legal basis to conduct

Shingleback Wine is a single estate, family owned wine company that controls all aspects of wine production, from growing the fruit on their own McLaren Vale vineyard, to the winemaking and bottling process. During the 1990’s, Kym & John Davey brought their combined expertise in winemaking, farming & business to continue & develop the estate first farmed by their Grandfather in 1957. Their goal was, and remains, to produce affordable, quality wines that express the true character of McLaren Vale. The sustainably managed family estate has a predominantly Shiraz & then Cabernet Sauvignon focus. The smaller plantings of Chardonnay & Semillon also benefit from John’s

forward water trades and ensure that in practice settlement procedures,” no one conducting these trades is in stated CEO of Waterfind, Tom Rooney. breach of the Corporations Act. Pictured: Top: Managing Director of Waterfind, Tom Market participants utilising Waterfind’s Forward Water Market are able to forward plan their water requirements while removing uncertainty and decreasing risk in the water market.

Rooney accepting the Award from WIA Chairman, Tim Waterhouse and Award sponsor. John Ringham, Chief Executive, SA Water Bottom: The Waterfind team with their Award

“We believe that the Waterfind Forward Water Market revolutionises water trading. We understand that security of markets and settlements is a core issue for water market participants. Transfers through Waterfind’s Forward Water Market are conducted through Australia’s only quality assured online water exchange which utilises independently audited trust accounts standardised contracts and best

fastidious winemaking skills, instilled during his early days as a specialist white winemaker. “When you own your own vineyard and make your own wines, you manage the site right down to the individual vine,” John explains. “We are a small team and we handcraft from the vine to the bottle. Our wines are a true expression of McLaren Vale. We produce modern, food friendly wines with all the power, complexity and balance that you expect of a high-end producer. We are committed to producing affordable, quality wines.”

into a collection of fine wines that include Shingleback, Haycutters, Red Knot and The Gate. Each made in its distinct style, these wines showcase the best the McLaren Vale region has to offer. They also represent a family committed to producing outstanding wines from the land they love.

From it’s genesis in 1998, when the first wine (Shingleback Shiraz) was released under the Shingleback label, the Shingleback portfolio has grown 7


Kellogg Brown & Root and SA Water, TRILITY Planning & Delivery Award Winner

PMP Solutions continues to seek efficiency improvements and innovation through its cultural framework that includes four key commitments (continual improvement, accountability, open communication, and data integrity).

A structured continual improvement plan has been designed around eight The Smart Water Planning & Delivery functional areas. The 2013/14 plan has 29 goals split into 204 weighted subAward will be awarded to the most goals or tasks, and progress is monisuccessful applicant whose work tored and measured monthly. involves an innovative approach through a Project, Policy, R&D / InIn addition, an innovation strategy has novative Product or Service, Alliance, been developed to promote collabBusiness Growth / New Market in oration and empowerment in idea the specified area of planning and generation delivery. and implementation. A Winner: Kellogg Brown & Root and SA Water, for Combining cultural and formal innostrategic initiatives to achieve delivery vation register certainty, continual improvement and captures, categorises innovation. and tracks PMP Solutions is a relationship-style completion of contract between SA Water and initiatives. Kellogg Brown & Root Pty Ltd (KBR) Outputs of to deliver project management and procurement services for metropoli- both the tan capital works between $500K and Continual Improvement $11m. Road Map and the innovation

Environmental Water Services, TRILITY Planning & Delivery High Commendation

strategy have been adopted by the wider SA Water business. These include procurement initiatives relating to collaborative contracting, performance measurement of engineering service providers, and risk and opportunity management. Success has been measured by consistent achievement of exceptional KPI performance results in the first 2½ years of the program. The team has also gained significant capital cost savings across the program enabling SA Water to redirect savings into priority areas. Pictured: Queensbury Concrete Pour

incumbent on those operating in the 2013 deadline and is now treating water industry to provide appropriate wastewater efficiently to the required treatment; cost effectively and rapidly, quality. as a minimum requirement. EWS exported tanks for Nauru, howWith the new GO TREAT MBBR sysever, locally sourced tanks together tem, EWS has the ability to deliver with innovative EWS components safe and efficient sanitation faster, would be the secret to cost effective more affordably and to a considerasanitation at any location. bly wider population than previously EWS is proud to have developed a Winner: Environmental Water Servic- achieved. repeatable method of delivering es, for Safe & Cost-effective Sanitation A perfect demonstration of this is a serviceable WWTP to the client’s for Transient Communities the newly installed 1500 person GO requirement, in a remote location, TREAT MBBR WWTP for the Federal within a remarkably short timeframe. The efficacy and timely delivery of Government, at its Offshore ProcessWe are ready again to deliver the sanitary infrastructure to developing ing Centre (OPC2) on Nauru: “almost” undeliverable. communities, detention facilities or Pictured: Left: Project pictures. Right: Tim Wateremergency camps can have a massive The plant was manufactured and house, WIA Chairman, Jerry Pink, EWS, Robran Cock influence on citizens’ health. delivered within an unprecedented TRILITY. timeframe of four weeks, installed EWS therefore considers that it is successfully before the Christmas 8


Environmental Water Services, 2014 Minister’s Award for Water & Climate Change Leadership Award Winner

ed by air or sea.

Transport is the fastest-growing emission sector for carbon dioxide with shipping alone representThe Minister’s Award for Water & ing 3% Climate Change Leadership will of global recognise an outstanding Project, Policy, R&D / Innovative Product or CO2 emisService which has made a significant sions. Reducing the contribution to reducing the impact of climate change in the water transport of equipindustry. ment during a project by increasing Winner: Environmental Water Services the use of local content is an effective for Safe & Cost-effective Sanitation solution for minimising environmenUsing Significant Local Content for tal impact. Developing Countries The EWS MBBR design provides While constructing a 1500 person flexibility, allowing installation into a WWTP for the Federal Government wide range of tank shapes and sizes. Offshore Processing Centre (OPC2) on This means that the technology can Nauru Island, the EWS project team; be installed into locally sourced tanks devised a design concept that would using mainly locally sourced materials; work within any type of tank, includ- also reducing the cost of effective ing those manufactured in develop- sanitation significantly, making it feaing countries, leaving just the critical sible for developing countries. EWS plant components to be export-

Finally, MBBR is the right technology because of its energy efficiency. Using coarse bubble aeration, the biomedia breaks down the larger, coarse bubbles giving the oxygen transfer efficiency of fine bubble diffusion without the energy intensity. This presents a significant energy saving, further combatting climate change on an ongoing basis. Pictured: Tim Waterhouse, WIA Chairman, The Hon. Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Water, Jerry Pink, EWS

17th Annual SA Branch Conference Sharing the successes of the South Australian water industry 8 August 2014 Serafino Winery McLaren Vale

The 17th Annual SA Conference will bring together members of the water industry sectors across SA to present research and discuss current and emerging issues. Pre-conference Technical Tour from 8.30am. Conference opens at 11am and concludes with optional dinner at 6pm. Accommodation available – contact Serafino Winery 8323 8911 To register visit the SA events page at For further information please contact:

Alison Bowman, Australian Water Association (SA Branch) Phone: +61 8 8362 7576 Email: 9


TRILITY: Dedication to Doing it Right TRILITY is an established industry leader dedicated to delivering water, wastewater and reuse solutions across Australia’s municipal, industrial and resource sectors. An Australian company - with the financial might of Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation as its major shareholder - TRILITY provides water utility services and capabilities that span the full life cycle of water through wastewater treatment, reuse and desalination projects. From the company’s head office in Adelaide, TRILITY has established working relationships with customers across Australia by providing water utility solutions that contribute to a better quality of life. In South Australia, TRILITY’s operations include management of the $1.8 billion dollar Adelaide Desalination Plant as a joint venture, and the sole operator of the

Onkaparinga Wastewater Treatment Plant, Riverland Water Project consisting of ten plants and the newly secured Birdwood Wastewater Treatment Plant. “Over more than two decades, our people have become recognised for capabilities across the key roles of design, construction, operations and critical maintenance,” said TRILITY’s Managing Director Francois Gouws. “TRILITY employees are passionate about their work and committed to providing high-quality solutions for public and private sector clients in areas such as finance, design and construction, operations and maintenance, asset management and utility services.

ty 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. “We are responsible and respectful of our natural environment and we seek constructive engagement with clients, government and the local community,” Mr Gouws said. “Our solutions are built on our heritage and our expertise, a dedication to doing it right, and a passionate commitment to develop solutions effectively, safely and responsibly.”

“We are proud that we deliver services that touch millions of Australians every day.” TRILITY’s work in local communities is a critical part of its offering to clients and customers. Where appropriate, TRILITY will work alongside communi-

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Karlene Maywald, Chairman’s Award Winner Presented to a person deemed to have made a major contribution to the water industry either through actions or the implementation of water related programs of the highest significance to the community at large. Winner: Karlene Maywald for exceptional services to the water industry, both in South Australia and nationally. The 2014 Chairman’s Award was presented to Karlene Maywald in recognition of her exceptional services to the water industry both in South Australia and nationally.

Her valuable leadership has helped River Murray, board membership of the state and the country during Ms Maywald’s contribution has includ- SA Water, Chair of the National Water some of the most critical decision ed, at various times; being the South Commission and a private consultant. making and challenging times. Australian Minister for Water and the

Establishing Adelaide as the Pre-eminent Water Sensitive City in Australia South Australia has always been a national leader in water reform, reflecting the community’s strong connection to and value placed on this most precious resource. Over the last decade, particularly as a result of the recent millennium drought, the State has introduced and supported a range of critical reforms that will ensure the ongoing security of water supply and sustainable management of water. These include the Murray Darling Basin Plan, increased recycling of water and wastewater, economic regulation of the water sector and strong investments in key infrastructure. In Adelaide, we now have access to six sources of water, these being Murray River water, water from the catchments in the Mount Lofty Ranges, wastewater, stormwater, groundwater and desalinated seawater. However, we have tended to manage these resources in isolation of each other and on an issue by issue basis. There is now an opportunity to set a

new direction in the management of urban water across Adelaide and the Government has committed to the development of an integrated urban water management plan for the city over 2014. This will provide a framework for more effectively manage issues such as water security, flood mitigation (including Brown Hill and Keswick Creek), recycling, coastal water quality impacts, infrastructure investment and water pricing. It will also maximise the potential of our urban water resources, infrastructure and government and private sector activity to, among other things: o Support the provision of green space which can mitigate the health impacts of the urban heat island effect, support more productive and healthy communities and support the attraction and retention of skilled labour; o Provide for a more liveable and vibrant city and shopping precincts in suburban areas; o Support peri-urban green and clean food and agricultural production, as well as other industry sector, through the more effective use of recycled water; o Establish sustainable and effective funding models for urban water management and infrastructure;

o Strengthen the alignment between urban water management and the urban development and planning system o Minimise future potential water price rises by maximising the use of our current $20 billion urban water infrastructure base and the use of more ‘decentralised approaches’ to water management across Adelaide, including water sensitive urban design. Further details on this initiative will be released by the Minister for Water and the River Murray over the coming months. It is critical that such a plan is developed with a strong level of engagement with the various entities that have a role and interest in urban water management, so that a collective and joint up approach can be achieved. Such groups include local government, industry, not for profit organisations, research institutions and various State agencies. The establishment of an integrated approach to urban water management has never been delivered at a city wide scale. The development of this plan will therefore ensure that the State remains at the forefront of water management reform and establish Adelaide as the preeminent water sensitive city in Australia.

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Member Update Achievements of Members recognised in SA Parliament! This year the Hon. Ian Hunter MLC featured a question about the 2014 Smart Water Awards and the achievements of the Water Industry Alliance members in question time. The Minister focussed on members important contribution to the water sector. To read the Hansard on his comments in Question Time, click here or head to hansardpublic.parliament. and click on June 5.

Upcoming Events The Water Industry Alliance offers events for everyone - keep an eye on our event calendar. June is packed with events and we look forward to seeing you at one of these great events. AWQC Tour Tuesday 17 June, 5.00pm 7.00pm, SA Water Learning Centre June Member’s Night Andy Roberts & Sean Keenihan Tuesday 17 June, 5.00pm 7.00pm, SA Water Learning Centre WaRDA Cluster Launch Thursday 26 June, 3.30pm 5.00pm, SA Water Learning Centre 2014 Awards Winners Dinner Thursday 26 June, 6.30pm 9.00pm, SA Water Learning Centre 12

Member Renewals! It’s that time of the year again! We’ve loved having the chance to work with our members this year and look forward to continuing this relationship in 2014/15. Your WIA membership will officially expire on the 30th of June, but you can renew your membership anytime from now until July 31st! To see our offering for the 2014/15 financial year, click here, or head to www.waterindustry. membership-brochure. We continue to work hard to provide you opportunities and services that help grow your business, as well as connecting and growing the broader industry in South Australia. We look forward to working with you again this year, and please don’t hesitate to contact our office should you have any questions, on (08) 7424 2466.

We’ve Moved! The Water Industry Alliance office has moved! Our new office is based in the SA Water building, 250 Victoria Square. We look forward to members coming to visit us in our new location!

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Out & About - 2015 Smart Water Awards 1. Trevor Pillar, International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management , Andrew Johnson, PIRSA, Paul Dalby, In Fusion Cosulting. 2. Frank Lepore and Rocco Ventra, City of Playford. 3. Martin Allen, DEWNR, Michele Akeroyd, Goyder Institute for Water Research and Steve Morton, DEWNR. 4. John Ringham, SA Water, Julia Grant, DEWNR, Karlene Maywald, Chairman’s Award Winner. 5. Ron Kandelaars, MC. 6. Caren Martin, South Australia Murray Irrigators with inspirational speaker Vinh Giang. 7. Richard Hopkins, International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management, Jodieann Daw, Pivotal Strategies. 8. Jennie Harwell and David Richardson, Toro. 9. Tina Hamden and Geoff Puckett from Philmac with Grant Schroeder from Maric Flow Control.









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Solutions In Water - Issue 6, June 2014, Special Awards Edition  
Solutions In Water - Issue 6, June 2014, Special Awards Edition