Across the network, Sydney’s dams were 97.5 per cent full having doubled since February rains effectively ended the region’s drought. Nepean reservoir continues to spill, while most others are more than 94 per cent full.
Using only a high-tech filter and the power of direct sunlight, Australian researchers have developed a world-first technology that can make large volumes of seawater safe to drink in less than 30 minutes.
According to the Melbourne-based Monash University, the specially-designed filter is capable of generating hundreds of litres of drinkable water per day, and requires only direct sunlight to purify it, making the process energy-efficient, low cost and sustainable.
Seqwater is the Queensland Government Bulk Water Supply Authority and is responsible for providing a safe, reliable and affordable drinking water supply to 3.2 million people across South East Queensland (SEQ).
A resilient water supply is delivered through 1.8 million hectares of catchment and Australia’s first water grid, including 26 dams, 36 conventional water treatment plants, three purified recycled water treatment plants and one desalination plant.
Residents living close to a proposed desalination plant at Sleaford Bay have felt their concerns have been listened to, as SA Water confirms the site will be positioned further away from Sleaford Mere and whale aggregation areas.
The desalination plant, located at Tugun, is scheduled to provide up to 133 million litres – the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools – per day into the South East Queensland (SEQ) water grid while the Mt Crosby plant is taken offline for the next stage of critical works.
Natural Resources Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the Mount Crosby plant was one of SEQ’s most important water treatment plants, and would take more than two and a half years to complete, generating up to 100 jobs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the desalination plant at Tugun was scheduled to provide up to 133 million litres– or the equivalent of 50 Olympic sized swimming pools – per day into the SEQ Water Grid while the Mt Crosby plant is offline for the next stage of critical works.
McKenzie has 40 years’ experience in NSW’s utilities sector, having previously chaired state owned electricity distribution company Essential Energy and was a director of the now privatised TransGrid and Macquarie Generation.
The Marshall Liberal Government is committing $33 million to building a desalination plant at Kangaroo Island which will provide a new secure drinking water supply, unlock economic activity and improve bushfire resilience.
Last December the government asked the independent regulator IPART to investigate the pricing impact of the planned expansion and announced terms of reference for an investigation of costs and charges.
At the time water minister Melinda Pavey told IPART the government had asked the plant to prepare plans to expand its capacity to produce drinking water, saying this was a key element in protecting Sydney’s water security.