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28 Aug 2019

I had the opportunity to attend the AWA North Queensland Regional Conference this year, held in beautiful Townsville. The city put on a great show for the event, with a fantastic venue overlooking Magnetic Island and weather so good it was hard to believe it was still...

31 May 2019

Colour is an often misunderstood water quality parameter. Colour is present in most surface and ground water sources. While colour can be the result of dissolved or suspended contaminants, colour in surface water is generally caused by dissolved organic matter. In mana...

29 Mar 2019

Backflow prevention is crucial to maintain hygiene in drinking water supplies. The first efforts to address backflow risks date back to 1930, with pressure vacuum breakers developed and installed for some connections in Los Angeles. The first (recorded) widespread inci...

4 Feb 2019

The operation of water treatment plants is an essential service provided by councils and water authorities throughout Australia. Many lay people do not consider the human element of treating water, including the skills and experience required to consistently produce sa...

30 Nov 2018

When thinking about water quality, treatment process are a focal point for ensuring water safety. While treatment processes are a major component of delivering safe water, it is important to remember that treatment is but one component in an integrated system for deliv...

25 Oct 2018

While online monitoring of water treatment processes has been commonplace for some time, the increasing accessibility and viability of SCADA systems and cloud-based solutions has improved opportunities for water and waste water treatment plants to use online monitoring...

26 Sep 2018

Safety is a key concern in the design, operation and maintenance of all process plants. The failure of process plants has produced a number of disasters leading to large loss of life, including the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal and West Fertilizer plant at Waco. While...

26 Jul 2018

Health-Based Targets (HBT) for drinking water supply represents a quantitative method of assessing the safety of drinking water supply systems and are currently in consideration for inclusion into the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. HBTs are community outcome foc...

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