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eFlash #450
Date: 16-Sep-2020

In this edition: Sigura Taste Test & Trivia – Winners!| SWIM 2019/20 Annual Water and Sewerage Data Due Date| Atherton Conference 2020 – Register Now!| Essential Webinar – This Thursday: Did you know! 

1. Sigura Taste Test & Trivia – Winners!

“We’re sick of coming second. We want to win.” And so they did…

Congratulations to Livingstone Shire Council for taking out the 2020 Sigura Water Taste Test last Thursday, knocking Mackay off their pedestal for a short fall into second place.

Livingstone Shire Council have been basking in the glory with a special media event held at Woodbury Water Treatment Plant on Monday morning. You can read more about the winning water here.

It’s quite obvious that both Livingstone and Mackay are blessed with excellent water sources, with judges frequently referring to the fresh, sweet taste of both samples.

Thanks also to our sponsor, Sigura, our MC Trevor Dean and the judges for a fun afternoon getting to taste water samples from ten distinctly different water sources from across Queensland. 

Thanks to all the Councils who entered, taking the time to send in their samples and even producing some excellent introductory videos for the event. It was a pleasure learning more about your water, and we hope you’ll try again next year! 

Thanks also to the teams who participated in the Taste Test Trivia event. The WIOA wonders took the lead early on, only to be overtaken right at the finishing line. Well done to The Highlanders taking out the first prize, followed by The Defenders in second place and the WIOA wonders third. 

Feedback from participants have been overwhelmingly positive, and we thank you all for joining in and making the COVID-safe online event a success. Photos of the event are available here. 

2.SWIM 2019/20 Annual Water and Sewerage Data Due Date 

All Water Service Providers in Queensland have been asked to collate and submit their annual 2019/20 water and sewerage data. 

Important dates

  1. All QLD Government (DNRME) KPI data, for all service providers, is required under legislation by:Thursday 1st October 

If you are using the SWIM system this means that your data (in the Annual Data Tool/Web Portal) must be fully completed, set to ‘Published’, and synchronised by 5 pm on Thursday 1 October at the very latest. 

If you are not using SWIM then the data (entered into the DNRME Excel template) must arrive at DNRME by COB on that same date. 

We urge you to submit your annual water data through SWIM on time to avoid the possibility of PINS being issued by DNRME and so that its future as a water-industry-driven system is assured. 

Please contact David Scheltinga if you have any queries regarding your SWIM reporting – we appreciate reporting can be a complicated task and are happy to assist you in any way we can (dscheltinga@qldwater.com.au or 0415 881 195). 

3. Atherton Conference 2020 – Register Now!

Have you registered to attend either in person or virtually for the Atherton Conference? Spaces are filling fast to attend in person so you better hurry! Register now 

To see who will be presenting at this year’s conference, please click here.  

COVID-19 has cramped everyone’s style but we are determined to try to run one more event before 2020’s out and at this stage it will be hosted by the champs at Atherton by Tablelands Regional Council on 8 October.   

qldwater conferences are an informal opportunity for networking, updates on what’s impacting Queensland’s water and sewerage service providers, and technical presentations  

Thank you to our confirmed sponsors Dial Before You Dig for the Water Connections Tour sponsor, and Gold sponsors Royce Water Technologies and Aquatec Maxcon. Other opportunities are still available, contact ncarragher@qldwater.com.au if you’re interested.  

4. Essential Webinar– This Thursday

The next 90 minute session is happening this Thursday 17 September 2020 – register here.  

We have three speakers covering a diversity of topics:      

Johanna Johnston (Logan City Council)  

The Logan gasification demonstration plant

  • Johanna provides an update on the progress of the project at the Loganholme Wastewater Treatment Plant where Logan City Council is building a demonstration gasification plant for the processing of biosolids to recover energy and produce a biochar product.  

Chris Adam (Strategic Asset Management)            

SHOW ME THE MONEY!!… Options for demonstrating sustainability in a water business

  • Chris provides some insights for the industry from a recent study commissioned by qldwater.  

Mark Herrman (City of Gold Coast)  

Long Term Recycled Water Release Program – constructing marine crossings on the GC

  • Mark will talk about a major pipeline project drilling under the Broadwater and the Nerang River to provide a pipeline to a seaway release point.  

5. Did you know!

Did you know that on our qldwater website, we have organisations Laboratory Services details that you can view? Click Here

Would you like to add your organisations Laboratory Services information on our website? Email enquiry@qldwater.com.au to find out how. 


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