In partnership with the UK's MetOffice, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has launched an exciting Weather Observations Website (WOW) on the 13th February.
The WOW allows members of the community across Australia to share information and photos about the weather.
It is a free, online service which lets users view and contribute historic, real-time or automated weather observations, sightings and weather snaps, or simply send in a quick report such as "Thunderstorm on the horizon!"
We are sure that some of you Stormies out there will have rain guages that you would love to share, or perhaps photos showing the impacts of storms.
The testing of Stormwater Quality Improvement Devices has been a topic of great interest in recent times. Dr Charles Kelly, Commercial Manager at Humes Water Solutions has recently offered to share one methodolgy that he believes is offers a low cost, replicable and robust method for testing any stormwater device.
The ability to capture raw and treated stormwater and associated flow rates allows the performance of a device to be measured and interpreted in number of ways.
Charle's vision is to have a number of facilities installed at independent faciities aound the country where the performance of equipment can assessed in a robust and trasnparent manner. The challenge for industry is to agree on a standard test methodology so that results can be used with confidence.
The full methodology is able to be downloaded for review and comment. Stormwater Australia is interested in hearing your feedback, ideas and suggestions as to how device testing can be undertaken with confidence and at a reasonable cost so that it can both support innovation and increase confidence in products already in the marketplace.
As Stormwater Australia embarks on the next phase of the SQID project we see Dr Kelly's report as a welcome contribution and look forward to hearing from you.
To receive member feedback we have established a forum topic at:
Members are invited to log in and review and comment.
To address the changing trends in stormwater management, Melbourne Water and EPA have embarked on a joint project to update the BPEMG to consider the relevance of ‘quality only’ targets with the understanding of other parameters and place-based drivers.
In reviewing the guidelines, Melbourne Water has identified a range of initiatives that will likely be required for implementation.
A current challenge is the ambiguity associated with stormwater treatment measures that may or may not meet the required standards set under the guidelines. Drawing upon international models, it has recognised a number of verification pathways for stormwater treatment measures that could be applied, and the importance of access to credible information regarding the efficacy of particular measures to treat stormwater to standards.
As part of its industry consultation, Melbourne Water has provided the SIA with a copy of a ‘Roadmap Report’ and seeks feedback on how we can best work with industry to develop a consistent, objective, informed and science-based approach to verifying stormwater treatment measures.
SIA has expressed an interest in working with Melbourne Water to shape any initiative they may undertake to ensure it has a national relevance.
To read the full report go to: IVS_road_map_discussion_paper_draft_5_July_13.pdf
At a recent meeting called by some of Australia’s leading manufacturers and distributors with Association President Andrew Allan, serious concern was expressed that the credibility of the whole industry could come under fire from the outrageous performance claims of some manufacturers.
The need for nationally recognised performance validation criteria was discussed (see page 3 for further information) but the discussion went much further. One of the more interesting issues raised at the meeting was the need for an Association Code of Conduct. Andrew Allan asked the participants at the meeting to have a think about the benefits of a Code of Conduct and how, if it was thought to be worthwhile, the best way for the Association to put something together
Managing Director of Stormwater 360, Jeremy Brown , supported the idea of a Code of Conduct. In a follow up note to the Association Mr Brown said, "The development and application of a binding Code of Conduct would be a very important step in confirming and maintaining the credibility of the Association in particular and then the industry as a whole."
He warned however, that development application and enforcement of a Code of Conduct was ‘not a five minute job.’
He pointed out that a Code of Conduct must,
- have widespread support within the industry
- have clear objectives
- be well designed
- provide benefits to signatories
- be effectively implemented
- be underpinned by an effective complaint handling system
- be administered by an appropriate body
- be properly and objectively enforced
- be regularly evaluated and reviewed to retain currency and support from stakeholders.
"And it is not just a job for the Executive’ Brown added.