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Workshop and Panel Program (Day 1)

 

TUESDAY, 5 MAY 2020 (4:00PM - 5:30PM)

Panel Two

Australian Water Association presents:

OUTCOMES AND OPPORTUNITIES FROM AWA'S WATER UTILITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

 

The Australian Water Association, in partnership with the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association, the Vietnam National Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, the Cambodia Water Supply Association, PERPAMSI (Indonesia's water supply association) and support from the Australian Government, presents a seminar on the international Water Utility Improvement Program. The seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to hear the experiences and lessons learnt from the Australian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Indonesian water utilities involved in the program and opportunities to get involved in future activities across South East Asia.

 

Workshop Three

Isle Utilities presents:

BUILDING A REGULATORY TECHNOLOGY (‘REG-TECH’) CAPABILITY FOR THE MURRAY DARLING BASIN

 

The sustainable allocation of water resources - and effective governance of that allocation - is paramount to the long-term sustainability of the Murray Darling Basin. Recent advances in sensor technology, telemetry, cloud computing and advanced analytics all have the potential to transform regulation. However achieving this and avoiding stakeholder resistance will require a coordinated and collaborative effort from regulators, technology providers, end-users and Government that span four states and one territory. This workshop brings together leading practitioners from each of these disciplines with a view to map out a regulatory technology (‘RegTech’) capability in the water sector. One of the key outputs of the workshop will be the development of a position paper that can be used to develop the regulation needed to leverage technology to achieve long-term sustainability of the Murray Darling Basin. 

 

Panel Four

AWA Water Recycling Specialist Network presents: 

SOCIAL-POLITICAL STRATEGIES AND THE JOURNEY TOWARDS POTABLE REUSE

With a diverse panel of industry experts we will explore the social and political factors influencing the implementation of potable reuse in Australia. The objective of the panel is to understand the effectiveness of various engagement strategies and the factors that contribute to their success. The session will explore a range of themes including communication and the importance of language, the need for a long term and consistent national approach, and international lessons learnt.  In light of the current drought being experienced by many parts of Australia the topic is a timely one as many people explore the role of recycled water as a water security measure.   

 

Panel Five

Water & Health and Griffith University presents:

ARE WE REALLY PROVIDING SAFE DRINKING WATER? SHIFTING THE FOCUS TO WATER QUALITY AT THE CONSUMER TAP. LESSONS FROM INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTISE. 

 

The regulatory interpretation of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines has been focussed on the responsibility of water utilities to provide safe water to customers, however utilities only control and monitor water quality to the property boundary/water meter. We know that in premise plumbing systems (pps) can compromise water safety between the meter and the consumer tap, and yet we have limited regulatory controls over pps. This is not the case internationally, where there is a movement toward in-building water quality sampling. In this panel session, presentations will be given by recognised experts to provide technical background regarding the chemical and microbial risks associated with pps. In addition, the Australian regulatory framework will be presented by David Cunliffe and compared with current international best practise. A case study from Hong Kong will be presented by Kelvin Kwok (Chief Waterworks Chemist, Water Supplies Department, Hong Kong). A panel discussion will follow to delve into the important details of implementation including potential barriers and opportunities in Australia. The panel will comprise of the panellists together with additional experts including Greg Jackson, a representative of the NZ Ministry of Health.

Intended audience – All those engaged in supplying and regulating safe drinking water in the Australian context. 

 

Panel Six

AWA Water Efficiency Specialist Network presents:

FROM THE MILLENNIUM TO THE 2020 DROUGHT - IS THE WATER SECTOR GOING FORWARDS IN DROUGHT RESPONSE? 

 

Water security and resilience are vital to Australia’s communities and economic prosperity. We have invested $11 billion in climate resilient infrastructure, we have learnt a great deal from the millennium drought and we have engaged our community in long term planning. On the other hand Australian Infrastructure Audit 2019 states that water infrastructure is the most at risk from climate change, that water sector decision making is poor and we have weak long term planning for urban water supplies. Representatives from environmental groups, our community, senior water executives and water efficiency experts present their responses to the title question. Each speaker will be asked to list their top three recommended actions. Our last panel demonstrated the AWA crowd has an enormous amount to contribute and we will welcome questions and commentary.

 

Intended audience – anyone with any interest or concern about water security, including those in positions of leadership, water utilities, industry, or any water customer. 

 

Panel Seven

Jacobs presents:

THE ROLE OF WATER UTILITIES IN AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE HYDROGEN ECONOMY

Hydrogen is an emerging energy storage technology with potential to transform our world by changing the way we power our communities. Over the past year, the role of water has become an integral focus of industry discussions centered on how hydrogen production in Australia can be made truly sustainable. In particular, the use of recycled water by water utilities to produce hydrogen represents not only environmental and commercial benefits, but could also transform the role of water utilities as future water and energy providers.  This panel will discuss a sustainable vision for hydrogen production in Australia and uncover new insights into the critical role of recycled water and water utility organisations in meeting the nation's future decarbonisation and sustainable development challenges.

 

Panel Eight

Water Research Australia presents:

ATTRACTING & RETAINING TECHNICAL TALENT IN THE WATER INDUSTRY – CASE STUDIES AND SUCCESS STORIES

 

It’s over ten years since the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management undertook a national audit of labour and skills shortages in the water sector. The findings were reported to the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments in July 2008 and highlighted several issues and challenges to attracting and retaining skilled labour, as well as more generic skills issues such as;

 

• Balance of technical versus higher-level skills required in the workforce 
• Relative attractiveness of the water sector generally 

• Graduate supply issues arising from lower uptake of science and engineering courses nationally

 

Recent studies have shown that the industry is now faced with greater challenges in attracting and retaining technical skills and talent. However, all is not lost and there are several examples of successful programs that have been implemented to stem the tide of the “brain drain”. This panel is intended to demonstrate to HR and L&D professionals, senior and technical managers the case studies and success stories. Consideration will be included for those examples that address issues such as workplace gender balance, non-English speaking backgrounds and aboriginal and Torres Strait islander backgrounds. 

 

Workshop or Panel Nine - To be announced

*There is no cost to full and day delegates to attend workshops or pre-registration required. Attendance is limited and will be based on a ‘first-come, first seated’ basis.

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