eFlash #497

eFlash #497

eFlash #497
Date: 13-Aug-2021

In this edition: qldwater Annual Forum 2021 – All Systems Go for September!| The [Your Name Here] Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test| Urban Water Forum (Mackay) Wrap| Smart Solutions webinar from Suez| Channels for XR Event - Free Registration| Next Essentials Webinar – Register Now| Positions Available - Fraser Coast Regional Council| New Position Available - NSW Water Directorate

1. qldwater Annual Forum 2021 – All Systems Go for September!

Alright it’s probably a bold call in the current circumstances but we have confirmed with all venues that even if the current restriction on activities in SEQ continue we can host the planned events with appropriate distancing and masks etc. So the only thing changing this will be another lockdown. Looking forward to catching up with everyone soon.

Early Bird Registrations are closing this Friday 13th August at 5pm. 

Only 3 weeks left until our qldwater Annual Forum which is being held on the 8th & 9th of September with an additional ‘Automated Metering’ themed workshop being held on the 7th of September. 

This year’s forum is being graciously hosted by the Redland City Council with most events based at Alexandra Hills Hotel and at North Stradbroke Island for our day tour. 

A copy of the draft programs for the three days is available on our event website

7 September – ‘Automated Metering Workshop’ It will be a great opportunity to share experiences in automated metering and our increasingly digital operating environment, as well as the chance to connect with industry experts and vendors.

8 September – A Day on North Stradbroke Island visiting the Seqwater Dunwich Water Treatment Plant & Redland City Council Point Lookout Sewerage Treatment Plant and other fun activities including the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test!

Followed by the Annual Forum Dinner where you have the opportunity to network with other delegates over a three course meal and have the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker Adam Lovell from Water Services Association of Australia.

9 September – The Annual Forum day will be focused on Industry Strategy (building on the highly successful 2019 event) and 'Is Asset Management for Water and Sewerage in Queensland broken?' Speakers from around the state and nationally will provide case studies on how AM is improving.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available across the three days. If you are interested in sponsoring any of the days, please contact Naomi Carragher on 07 3632 6850 or ncarragher@qldwater.com.au.

 Thank you to our confirmed sponsors Calibre Group, Royce Water Technologies, Taggle, Veolia, Aquatec Maxcon, Suez, Concept Services.

2. The [Your Name Here] Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test

Back by popular demand and open to all qldwater members, the Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test competition will establish who has the best tasting tap water in Queensland in 2021. If you plan to enter a sample at our Annual Forum in September, now is the time to start thinking about your top drop. Some of our members take the competition more seriously than others and even host their own taste test events to select their best sample to enter!

Each year the competition gets bigger and better. Since its inception in 2011, the competition now crosses borders with WIOA taking the challenge to NSW with the Water of Origin Taste Test. Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania followed with the first National Ixom Australia Best of the Best Tasting Tap Water competition held in 2015. 

Sponsorship of the 2021 Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test is still available, so get your name in the game by contacting Naomi Carragher.

To enter the taste test competition, please fill out the entry form here

3. Urban Water Forum (Mackay) Wrap

The Queensland Government in conjunction with the Australian Water Association North Queensland Regional Conference held the Smarter investment in wastewater and water management: sharing lessons from the Reef catchment and the south east Queensland region forum on Wednesday 28 July. The half-day interactive forum, organised in partnership with qldwater and the Local Government Association of Queensland, shared insights and lessons learnt in managing water and wastewater for smarter investment across the Reef catchment and improved water quality outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef.

Both sessions on the day involved a panel of senior and technical experts (Rob Fearon qldwater, Subathra Ramachandram LGAQ, Chris Mooney DES, Dinesha Emmery RDMW, Jim Fewings DES and Cameron Jessup Mackay Regional Council), who discussed Industry challenges and pathways forward for the industry. Technical talks on the day were wide ranging from Collaborative Capacity Building Programs to Townsville’s Water Sensitive City Stormwater offset and Mackay’s nutrient based offset design. Hot topics on the day were how could QG funding better incentivise optimal infrastructure investment and much to Rob Fearon’s joy; how could regional arrangements assist in improving long term investment for Councils. 

4. Smart Solutions webinar from Suez

Join the SUEZ Smart Solutions webinar in conjunction with the WIZE Alliance on the 28th September 2021 at 4:30 pm AEST to learn how SUEZ Smart Meters can deliver a quality customer experience, enabling you to better engage with your water consumers.

To be held in conjunction with the WIZE Alliance, SUEZ experts Sean Cohen, Senior Manager for Smart Water in Australia and Mateu Crespi Alemany, Director of Operations, SUEZ Smart Solutions - France and will explore Smart Metering for Water and the main principles of the WIZE technologies behind them in this insightful webinar.

Learn how Smart Solutions from SUEZ can optimise all aspects of water and wastewater networks for your utility in this free webinar.

Click here to register and secure your spot. 

5. Channels for XR Event - Free Registration

You are invited to attend the Queensland XR Hub called 'CHANNELS for XR', being held on Wed 25 August at the Precinct, Fortitude Valley.

The aim of this event is to evaluate the potential of Extended Reality technologies in the water industry. This is really about sparking an initial conversation about barriers for adoptions, and helping to inform the market about opportunities and industry direction. In a perfect situation, this event would feed into our RFP program through the process of discussing and shortlisting key challenges. 

To view the event flyer here

At this stage they are aiming for a physical event, however they are also offering live streaming/networking options for those who prefer it (...and we all know A LOT can happen in the space of two weeks).

Physical event registration - https://qldxrhub.com/events/channelsforxr
Virtual event registration - https://www.airmeet.com/e/f4a0d050-d946-11eb-b58d-e3a6dfec430b

6. Next Essentials Webinar – Register Now

qldwater's next Essential Webinar will be taking place on Thursday 19th August at 10am. You can register here.

The session will focus on ‘Drinking Water Quality’, bringing together two speakers that are passionate on this topic. 

Our two presenters are:

Terry Fagg (Western Downs Regional Council) 

Enhanced Coagulation in practice - A useful tool in the management of disinfection by products. 

Terry, as an experienced and well-respected water treatment manager will provide a background to how enhanced coagulation can be used to help manage raw water high in organics, and lead to better DBP outcomes. 

Mark Harvey (Charters Towers Regional Council) 

DWQMP: After 10 years, have we taken them off the shelf yet? 

Mark will reprise his presentation from the Charters Towers regional conference for a wider audience, talking about the challenges and improvements that the industry has faced since the introduction of the DQWMPs in Queensland. 

Registrations will be required to participate in this webinar. Click here to register and lock it in to your calendar. 

7. Positions Available - Fraser Coast Regional Council

Fraser Coast Regional Council are looking for a ‘Water Industry Team Leader Plumber Drainer’ and ‘Water Network Planned Works Supervisor. 

To find out more about these positions please click on the below links: 



8. New Position Available - NSW Water Directorate

NSW Water Directorate is looking for an Executive & Projects Assistant to join their team. This is a newly created role with the opportunity to work remotely. 

For more information about this role, please click on the below link: 


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