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7 May 2020

Tweed Shire Council engaged Viridis to undertake the audit of its DWMS. In between project award and the audit, the COVID-19 pandemic completely changed that landscape of conducting audits, and we could not physically attend the site.

The decision was made, in consultat...

20 Feb 2020

The QLD Department of Environment and Science (DES) recently provided four days of very much anticipated training on the MEDLI program for modelling effluent disposal to land. 

The course was excellent and included presenters such as Ted Gardner, Allison Vieritz, Sunil...

25 Oct 2019

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has advised Victorian Water Agencies of the 2019 – 2020 Risk Management Plan audit period. Water businesses are required to complete the audit by 31 May 2020. The auditable period is from 21 March 2018 until...

15 Oct 2019

Quality management frameworks, be they water quality, environmental, asset management or workplace health and safety are only effective if they are implemented and teams have adequate training in their implementation.

Sometimes the cost of training is seen as a barrier...

28 Aug 2019

Is it nerdy to go and look at ‘water stuff’ when you’re on holiday? No, of course not, here’s what I have found out about Chicago’s water supply with some snaps.

Chicago sits on Lake Michigan, and sources its drinking water from this, the second largest of the Great Lak...

31 May 2019

Quality management systems are a part of our daily life, especially in the water and environmental management industry. We operate under Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Water Quality management Plans, Site Based Management Plan, Asset Management Plans, Workplac...

28 Mar 2019

The QLD Water Directorate hosted the Technical Forum in March, which focussed on training in the water industry.

Operators are the most important resource for our industry, and are responsible for the health and well-being of the whole community and ensuring we have a t...

4 Feb 2019

Groundwater is an important and vital source of drinking water in Australia. Geosciences Australia (link) report that Australia's use of groundwater has increased significantly over recent decades. For example, in the 13 years from 1983 to 1996, our national reliance o...

30 Nov 2018

In July 2018, the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) issued a statement about the risk of lead in drinking water from plumbing materials. The advice included:

  • using only water from cold taps for drinking and cooking 

  • flushing cold water taps use...

30 Aug 2018

In April 2014, the drinking water source in Flint, Michigan was switched from Lake Huron water with phosphate inhibitors to Flint River water without corrosion inhibitors. The absence of corrosion control and use of a more corrosive source increased lead leaching from...

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