South East Water lead the way in biosolids research

South East Water (SEW) are leading the way with their biosolids research project, in partnership with the Soil Cooperative Research Centre (SCRC) and Newcastle University.

Their project is in line with Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) values and has been trialling the injection of biosolids in liquid form to improve soil structure, fertility and function at their Longwarry Water Recycling Plant.

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MRWA Portal expanded to include nine additional water corporations

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) funded and South East Water managed Melbourne Retail Water Agencies (MRWA) Product Web Portal expansion is due to be launched on Thursday 16th May at 6pm.

The MRWA Portal is a collaboration of South East Water, Yarra Valley Water and City West Water and as per the aims of the IWN’s Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing program, has been about joint benefits to the participating water corporations.

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OzWater learnings from Dean Barnett

I can certainly understand how OzWater is Australia’s biggest international water conference and exhibition. OzWater ’19 lived up to all expectations and more.

For me it reminds me of what a collaborative industry we work in. We share learnings, technology and time with our industry peers, and that aligns perfectly with the work I do with the Intelligent Water Network (IWN) program.

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IWN at OzWater: Day Two

The work of the Intelligent Water Networks in supporting the trials of Waternamics at Western Water and OSIsoft PI at Lower Muray Water and East Gippsland Water was presented by IWN Data & Analytics Program Lead David Bergmann at day two of #OzWater19.

These technology platforms bring together data to analyse and visualise it to support better decision making, improved asset management and better customer service. The OzWater presentation summaries the experiences, learnings, challenges and opportunities from these trials.

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IWN at OzWater: Day One

The Intelligent Water Networks was well represented at day one of OzWater ’19. Dean Barnett presented findings from the SAPP2R project in the morning, while David Bergmann facilitated a Data and Analytics workshop in the afternoon.

Barnett’s collaboration with Dr. Robert Ross has been one of the recent highlights for the IWN program as the robot drew interest from around the conference.

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Zero Emissions Water set to save water corporations millions

Millions of dollars will be saved by water corporations in Victoria thanks to Zero Emissions Water (ZEW) and the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN).

ZEW is a large-scale renewable energy partnership comprised of 13 water corporations from across the state, which will allow them to purchase renewable energy together via a long-term agreement with Kiamal Solar Farm near Ouyen.

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Intelligent Water Networks help launch Zero Emissions Water

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) is delighted to announce that Zero Emissions Water (ZEW) has officially been launched.

ZEW is a new company that represents 13 Victorian water corporations. Its first act was to sign a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Kiamal Solar Farm in Ouyen, north-west Victoria.

This deal and the innovative business model will allow the 13 water corps to purchase solar power at bulk prices, cutting costs, and reducing greenhouse emissions by 80,000 tonnes a year.

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Energy and Carbon OzWater '19 paper accepted

The Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) have had a paper from the Energy and Carbon program accepted at OzWater ’19.

‘Opportunities for Reduced Electricity Costs Using Renewable Energy and Optimised Plant Operations’ involved RMIT University, North East Water and IWN and found that participation in the wholesale electrical market for the purchase and sale of electricity offers industrial customers significant opportunities for cost savings.

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Gippsland collaborate for the good of customer and community

Gippsland Water (GW) have commenced trading groundwater entitlements in an innovative and collaborative move that will benefit customers and the community they serve.

Similar to a number of the presentation from the Intelligent Water Networks’ (IWN) Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing Conference about collaborating with their community, Gippsland Water has advertised groundwater available for trade in the Sale, Giffard and Moe groundwater licence zones.

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Big Data and Analytics OzWater proposal accepted

Big Data and Analytics program lead David Bergmann has successfully submitted a proposal to facilitate an IWN workshop  at the OzWater’19  Melbourne conference in May.

David will be facilitating a workshop on ‘Opportunities for Artificial Intelligence in the Water Industry’. In the workshop, participants will learn about artificial intelligence, hear experiences with AI from the water industry and work together to define problems and match solutions.

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Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot trials started

The first prototype of the Sewer Access Point Penetration Review Robot was trialled this week out at Western Water region in Bacchus Marsh.

The device is designed to probe the inner wall of the sewer access point, while the information gathered will be used to prioritise remedial repair works and understand the condition of these assets.

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Meet the Program Lead: Steve Reddington from Energy and Power

Energy and Carbon, previously known as Energy Optimisation and Power, has gone down a novel route with its new Program Lead appointment: we’ve appointed two.

Steve Reddington is the second half of the power pair, who runs the program alongside Ben Spedding.

Read below as we learn more about the Melbourne native.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I grew up in Melbourne and moved to Geelong 11 years ago when I joined Barwon Water. I’ve always had a strong connection to the area, spending every Christmas and many weekends at relative’s houses in Jan Juc, and enjoying the beauty of the Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges. My wife and I have two boys, aged two and four.

And what is your professional background?

I studied Environmental Science (Environmental Management) at Deakin University and initially worked in the not-for-profit sector. Before coming to Barwon Water I worked in local government and gained significant experience in environmental planning and legislation, which has proven valuable in my water career.

What inspired you to want to become the program lead for Energy and Optimisation?

A key strength of the water sector is the level of sharing and collaboration on common challenges. After participating in the IWN Energy program since 2015 and having played a key role in the IWN Large-Scale Renewables Project, I’m looking forward to helping drive the next wave of energy and carbon initiatives across the Victorian water sector.

What project within the program interests you the most?

The next wave of projects will be developed soon. As we’ve seen with the IWN Large-Scale Renewables project, Victorian water corporations are in a unique position to collectively invest to deliver significant, cost-effective outcomes, so I think there’s more of that to come.


What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

Leading the IWN Energy and Carbon Program, together with Ben Spedding, will put my leadership and facilitation skills to work. However I’m more excited to gain a better understanding of challenges faced by other water corporations and how these might be solved.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

Working in this space provides the opportunity to contribute to energy and carbon outcomes right across Victoria. My vision is that our children one-day look back with pride at the initiatives we deliver as individuals, as teams of employees, as water corporations, the IWN and others.

Meet the Champion: Erica Solum from Wannon Water

Erica Solum is the new IWN Champion for Wannon Water, where she works part-time. Erica is passionate about collaboration as well as using data to make informed decisions.

Read below as we dug a bit deeper to see what makes her tick.

Can you give us a bit of your personal background?

I grew up in central Victoria, studied and worked in Melbourne, then moved to the Goulburn Valley, near Shepparton in 2006. In 2017, my husband took up a volunteer position in north-western Cambodia, where we lived with our daughter for seven delicious, hot and sticky months!  We moved to Hamilton in June 2018, and are really enjoying our new community, and the lifestyle here, including the south west coast and mountains!

And what is your professional background?

I started my career in the private sector, while I was studying my commerce degree, then moved to the water industry with Goulburn Murray Water in 2006. I have been fortunate to work across a range of operational areas, as well major projects. I established and managed the Program Management Office of the GMW Connections Project (a $2B infrastructure modernisation project), which was a challenging and rewarding leadership role.

I am now employed part-time at Wannon Water where I manage our Dam Safety Program, and spend my days off entertaining a 3 year old!

What inspired you to want to become a champion?

I want to raise the profile of innovation within our organisation, nurture big ideas, and leverage opportunities to get great outcomes for our stakeholders. I am committed to high performance and championing great ideas to do things better – something we need continually have our attention on in the water space. I was excited by the opportunity to connect and collaborate with smart people across our industry. 

What IWN program interests you the most?

I can see value for Wannon Water across all of the programs, therefore am to learn about all of the active programs. I’m particularly drawn to Big Data, because I’m a total data geek – and love data driven decision making! I’m also keen to join the Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing program (there’s some nice links with some work we are doing in the Victorian dams collaboration space).

What are you hoping to get out of your new role?

Aside from the obvious leadership development opportunity, I’m excited to be learning a whole lot about innovation in the water industry, contribute to programs and ideas, and enable my organisation to be actively involved in the IWN.

And if anything, what do you want to give back to IWN?

I hope I can make a meaningful contribution to the IWN by creating opportunities for collaboration and leadership, and facilitate Wannon Water’s engagement with the program.