Australia’s variable climate has placed the nation’s water industry in a unique position to capitalise on its significant capabilities and strengths in managing water resources. As a result, the Australian water industry has leading-edge capabilities and expertise developed through a depth of experience in overcoming extensive periods of climatic variables. Australia’s urban and industrial water sectors continue to provide first-class technical and engineering solutions, while also offering world-leading expertise in strategic asset management, governance and pricing reform. This is underpinned by premier research, scientific and technical expertise. Urban water is delivered through an integrated total water-cycle management philosophy and the industrial water sector has been able to design and deliver world’s best practice solutions across notable hard cases such as food condiments and high-strength wastewaters such as in the meat and livestock industry. Though Australia is a small, remote market on the international playing field with a very commercially sensitive client base, we have created an in-country framework for innovation and creative delivery of all aspects of the water-cycle program.
Clean TeQ bacteria help industries meet environmental obligations No one wants to live in a world where the air is not fit to breathe and the water not fit to drink. The rapid growth in population, urbanisation and industrialisation is causing a crisis which is being seen in the world’s deteriorating air and water resources. Melbourne-based company Clean TeQ Limited is an Australian leader in the provision of next generation environmental solutions, helping industrial and municipal sectors clean up their act with innovative air and water processes based on naturally occurring bacteria, advanced separation and continuous ionic filtration technology. Clean TeQ has invested in research and development to solve this problem and is now selling the solution globally including across South-East Asia, China and Canada.
BioGill’s microbes help water authority treat wastewater, save money From a tropical resort in Fiji to a winery in Canada, BioGill exports its clean-water technology worldwide. The Sydney-based company recently worked on a project in the Philippines where are a large number of community septic plants treat sewage in and around the capital city, Manila. The city’s water authority wanted to reduce power consumption and treat sewage wastewater to a high standard for environmentally friendly discharge to nearby waterways. To meet the brief, BioGill installed four bioreactors which basically provide five-star accommodation for microbes. By providing the perfect home – above ground and surrounded by oxygen – the microorganisms grow and flourish. These microorganisms basically eat waste out of the water and breathe the oxygen to grow and multiply.
Environmental Water Services delivers safe sanitation to Nauru detention centre The Australian Government’s agreement with the Pacific island of Nauru to build and operate an asylum-seeker centre there led to a race to secure services and get the centre ready in record time. Australian company Environmental Water Services (EWS) was awarded a contract to design, manufacture and supply a 1500-person wastewater treatment plant for the Nauru Regional Processing Centre through Canstruct, the Australian Government’s managing contractor for the construction of the centre. To meet Canstruct’s brief, EWS needed to fully manufacture and deliver the plant within four weeks. The tight timeframe posed numerous challenges for the EWS project team, which was overseeing simultaneous production across several Australian states. In early 2013, EWS developed the novel integration of a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) process within its existing GO TREAT WWTP to achieve maximum performance within a compact footprint and without the use of membranes.
Charles Darwin University’s Water Engineering Research Group is creating and applying new technologies in Australia’s Northern Territory to better plan and manage a sustainable water environment. The group uses the latest methods in hydroinformatics, ecohydraulics, modelling and measurement for water engineering research. This research extends from traditional water supply and wastewater hydraulics through to surface water, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics. By training civil engineers who integrate all disciplines that have an interest in the water environment the group is providing the best and most sustainable water solutions. The university also offers a range of water sector vocational training including for the aquaculture, drainage, sewage, stormwater and plumbing trades