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‘Some of the benefits of the project include reducing the flood
risks, reducing the use of mains water and our reliance on the
River Murray, harvesting excess water, and reducing the outfall to
the Gulf of St Vincent of water laden with fertiliser trace elements,
oils and general rubbish that damages the seagrass environment.
We have now found a more affordable water source to irrigate
Council areas, creating greener and more useful open spaces,’
says Mayor Angela Keneally.
The increased harvesting and storage created by the WPW Project
has additional benefits, including capturing pollutant loads in the
catchments; the majority of stormwater harvested would otherwise
drain untreated to West Lakes, Port River, Barker Inlet and the
metropolitan Adelaide coast, further degrading seagrass meadows,
and continuing to pollute Gulf St Vincent’s coastal and marine
assets. It also assists in protecting and sustaining the groundwater
resources in the region.
The WPW – Stage One Project has five key components: the Old
Port Road stormwater catchment, the Cooke Reserve and West
Lakes Golf Course wetlands, St Clair wetlands, the River Torrens
transfer system, and linking and distribution mains.
The City of Charles Sturt Project has received awards from
across industry sectors, including Local Government Managers
Australian, Stormwater South Australia, and the Stormwater
Industry Association. More information on Water Proofing the
West can be found at the City of Charles Sturt website,
Water Export Strategy: connecting South
Australia’s water expertise to the world
With the South Australian industry consisting of globally leading
water technologies, services, products and solutions, the WIA
plays an important role in developing industry relationships
with international markets. The WIA has been active in building
relationships with regions including India, China, North America,
Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Over the last
12 months, these regions, along with several WIA members, have
participated in two visits to China and one to India to further develop
working relationships and provide input into the increasing water
issues that these regions face.
In response to the developing issues and call for expertise in these
regions, the WIA has included an increased focus on international
markets by introducing its Water Export Strategy.
This new focus will see the WIA initially holding a forum to launch
the export region working groups, including an overview of each of
the water markets in the seven regions. This overview will include
market size, make-up of markets, current challenges, who is paying
for the work, and legal, financial and cultural considerations. The
working groups will also attempt to cover the different levels of state
and Commonwealth Government focus in each region.
Following the initial session, WIA members will identify the regions
in which they are already operating and that they are looking to
expand into. Once identified, and after a minor check of their
elected regions, the WIA will facilitate regular meetings for the
companies that identify with each region, and will introduce the
groups to the strategic relationships formed on the international
delegations and missions that the Alliance has attended or hosted.
This platform will enable the WIA to help its members with the
appropriate cultural, language and other training that they may need
to be ready for international opportunities in the water sector. It will
also encourage and facilitate WIA members working together and
members helping each other.
This strategy will be strengthened by engaging the appropriate
foreign chambers to help support the companies’ strategic market
More information can be found on the Water Industry Alliance
THE CITY OF CHARLES
STURT PROJECT HAS
FROM ACROSS INDUSTRY
AUSTRALIA, AND THE
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