News & Events
Posted on 30 June 2015
The Bureau of Meteorology has launched the Climate Resilient Water Sources web portal (CREWS), an interactive site providing comprehensive mapping and information of desalinated and recycled water sources for over 350 sites across Australia, both publically and privately owned and operated.
Posted on 21 December 2012
Introducing water and energy footprint considerations into decision making provides water managers an opportunity to drive better water and energy efficiency outcomes. In Australia severe water shortages, combined with community concerns with climate change, have driven water managers to look closer at the nexus between water and energy use. The two are closely related and will play an important role in the shape of the water industry in future in Australia and around the world. Nicholas Apostolidis, Director at GHD, provides a snapshot of the energy and water footprints associated with different elements of the water cycle in Australia.
Posted on 1 November 2012
Australian history powerfully reveals the risks and broad-based costs of reliance on traditional rainfall-dependant sources of water supply. Sharply varying rainfall patterns, apparent new climate trends, and the unprecedented 14-year “millennium drought” across much of Australia, have caused a major rethink of water supply in this, the driest continent.
Posted on 11 October 2012
Despite a few seasons of above average rainfall in most parts of Australia, we still live in the driest nation on the planet. CEO Neil Palmer says that delaying the operation of desalination plants is short-sighted.
Posted on 24 August 2012
New research shows most Australians accept desalination as a valuable part of the mix augmenting traditional public water supply for water security. Researchers from Deakin, Victoria and Murdoch universities today released their NCEDA-funded report ‘Public Perceptions of, and Responses to, Desalination in Australia’ at a symposium in Melbourne.
Posted on 31 July 2012
Australia’s east coast urban planners and state governments need to hold their nerve on using major seawater desalination plants for effective drought-proofing and not give in to short term politics and vocal minorities.
Posted on 29 June 2012
Following a protracted drought, seawater desalination has become a strong component of bulk water supplies for the five Australian mainland state capitals. Neil Palmer, CEO of the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia, addresses common desalination myths.
Posted on 5 June 2012
Australia has invested heavily in climate resilient water supply technology, including seawater reverse osmosis desalination and waste water recycling. Construction of the six major urban desalination plants has resulted in massive development of wind farms in Australia, ensuring a secure water supply is always available, but with a very low operating carbon footprint. NCEDA-led research is focussing on ways to reduce carbon footprint in a number of ways by developing renewable sources including solar, waste heat and geothermal energy to power desalination.