This page lists events relevant to the Queensland Water Industry.


Current Events

SWIMAnnual Training Workshops

This year qldwater will be transitioning to a new database method of uploading your annual water and sewerage data (called SWIMAnnual). This change is occurring with the introduction of the new DEWS Key Performance Indicators this year, so we will be holding several free SWIM training sessions around the State. SWIM training days have now been confirmed for:

  1. Monday 15th June, Barcaldine (including WQ Water Taste Test)
  2. Monday 22nd June, Cloncurry
  3. Tuesday 23rd June, Brisbane
  4. Monday 29th June, Mackay
  5. Tuesday 30th June, Townsville
  6. Wednesday 1st July, Cairns
  7. Monday 6th July, Rockhampton
  8. Tuesday 7th July, Biloela
  9. Wednesday 8th July, Maryborough
  10. Monday 13th July, Charleville
  11. Tuesday 14th July, Roma
  12. Wednesday 15th July, Goondiwindi
If you would like to attend one of these days please contact David via email: If you would like to attend SWIM training but cannot make any of the above sessions please let David know and we will try and work out something for you.

Past Events

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water Workshop with Steve Hrudey

qldwater  hosted a one day workshop with Canadian author and academic Steve Hrudey who has written a number of publications on drinking water quality incidents including the June 2014 book: "Ensuring Safe Drinking Water – Learning from Frontline Experience with Contamination, published by the American Water Works Association. The workshop provided a practical learning opportunity for all professionals engaged in the provision of safe drinking water.
The book consists of 21 case studies of drinking water disease outbreaks and chemical contamination episodes from authentic events that occurred in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S.A. A PDF 43 page excerpt from the book is available here and more information can be found on the American Water Works Association website.

Thanks again to the Department of Health for its generous support towards the workshop, and David Sheehan from Coliban Water for giving qldwater the opportunity to host such an esteemed guest speaker.

Innovation Forum

Despite Brisbane’s largest hail storm since 1985 damaging every car at Allan Border Field the event on 27 November 2014 was a resounding success.  Peter Zemek was in the process of concluding an impassioned presentation about challenging regulatory boundaries as the storm hit; leading some to wonder if he had attracted nature’s wrath.

Our thanks go to the speakers and presenters who contributed and especially to QUU for the huge effort put into the tour to Luggage Point the preceding day (see video) along with our sponsors - Trility, Takadu, Unitywater, Lonza, LGAQ and DEWS. Planning for the second Innovation Forum on 4-5 November 2015 on the Sunshine Coast is well underway - watch this space! Photos from the 2014 event are available here.

2014 Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test Grand Final

The Queensland Grand Final of the Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test took place at the IPWEAQ State Conference on Thursday 9 October 2014.

The six regional finalists vying for the title of the Best Tasting Tap Water in Queensland were:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council’s Lovers Walk Scheme in South East Queensland
  • Toowoomba Regional Council’s Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant in South West Queensland
  • Rockhampton Regional Council’s Glenmore Water Treatment Plant in Central Queensland
  • Mackay Regional Council’s Nebo Road Water Treatment Plant in North Queensland
  • Richmond Regional Council’s pilot filtration plant in Western Queensland
  • Cairns Regional Council's Mirriwinni Water in Far North Queensland

Congratulations go to Richmond Shire Council for taking out the trophy with the water from its pilot plant being selected as the best by conference delegates through some 440 individual tastes.

Richmond narrowly pipped the Rockhampton Regional Council Glenmore scheme for the honours with Bundaberg’s Lover’s Walk scheme a close third. Brian Jackson from LGIS took out the Best Palate honours.

Richmond will compete against New South Wales at the next "Water of Origin Taste Test" which will take place at the Queensland Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition in Toowoomba on 17 - 18 June 2015.

Tenth Anniversary Dinner

On Thursday, 28 November 2013 we celebrated our tenth anniversary at a dinner with key people who have played a substantial role in the inception and growth of the Directorate. It was a great opportunity to reflect on the past and also to pay tribute to those whom we believe has made a lasting impact in the industry.

Although the urban water industry is blessed with plenty of great men and women who work tirelessly to provide a top quality food grade product to their customers 24/7, we took the opportunity to single out a couple of people who, over the years, have gone above and beyond their normal duties to make a difference. Two special awards were presented to acknowledge Industry Contribution and Industry Leadership.

Congratulations to Alan Kleinschmidt from Toowoomba Regional Council who received the Industry Contribution Award and David Brooker from Mackay Regional Council, winner of the Industry Leadership Award.

Other contribution winners included Dick Went from Gold Coast Water, John Roworth from Longreach Regional Council, Daryl Ross from Logan Water and Jason Devitt from Mackay Regional Council.

Documents about Past Events

eFlash #231 - 6 June 2014 eFlash #231 - 6 June 2014 - Release Date 06-Jun-2014: - 1. Queensland defeats NSW in Water of Origin Taste Test. | 2. qldwater 2014 Operator of the Year Awards. | (17KB)

eFlash #195 - 21 March 2013 eFlash #195 - 21 March 2013 - Release Date 21-Mar-2013: - 1. Call for Papers - qldwater Regional Conferences. | 2. Draft Practice Note for WS&S Condition Assessment. | 3. IPWEAQ State Conference & Excellence Awards (including qldwater awards). | (15KB)

DERM DWQMP Support Program workshops DERM DWQMP Support Program workshops - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Desription of aim and function of DERM DWQMP support Program workshops in December 2011. (164KB)

DERM Flyer - DWQMP workshops DERM Flyer - DWQMP workshops - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Flyer advertising DERM workshops in December 2011 to assist small and medium service providers in developing their Drinking Water Quality Management Plans. (198KB)

National Certification Framework for Operators of Potable Water Treatment Facilities National Certification Framework for Operators of Potable Water Treatment Facilities - Release Date 22-Sep-2011: - Queensland workshops announced – National Certification Framework for Operators of Potable Water Treatment Facilities As announced in e-flash #133, the National Water Commission has contracted Government Skills Australia to undertake a study and provide recommendations on a national certification framework for potable water treatment plant operators. Along with the briefing planned for the qldwater Technical Reference Group Meeting on 21 October, three more sessions have been announced for T (536KB)

AWA Contaminants of Concern in Water Conference - Call for Papers AWA Contaminants of Concern in Water Conference - Call for Papers - Release Date 08-Aug-2011: - The Australian Water Association (AWA) is hosting the Contaminants of Concern in Water Specialty Conference in Sydney on 8-9 November 2011 and is calling for papers. See attached brochure for more details. (988KB)

IPWEAQ Powers and Responsibilities of the Local Government - Water IPWEAQ Powers and Responsibilities of the Local Government - Water - Release Date 08-Aug-2011: - Register now for the program to be conducted in Townsville on 30 August 2011. Contact Christine Warne at IPWEAQ - or see attached brochure for more details (1038KB)

e Flash #123 - 14 June 2011 e Flash #123 - 14 June 2011 - Release Date 14-Jun-2011: - 1. Drinking Water Quality Management Plans - DERM Workshops. | 2. Greentape Reduction Project. | (30KB)

e Flash #122 - 8 June 2011 e Flash #122 - 8 June 2011 - Release Date 08-Jun-2011: - 1. SWIM Training Sessions. | 2. Dial Before You Dig Incident Reporting Tool (DIRT) Presentation. | (31KB)

e Flash # 117 - 10 May 2011 e Flash # 117 - 10 May 2011 - Release Date 10-May-2011: - 1. qldwater Queensland Operators Awards. | (27KB)

Normanton May 2011 Registration Form Normanton May 2011 Registration Form - Release Date 01-Apr-2011: - Information and registration form for the Water mini-conference in Normanton on Firday 13th May 2011. (1006KB)

Roma water mini-conference May 2011 Roma water mini-conference May 2011 - Release Date 01-Apr-2011: - Information and registration form for water miniconference in Roma on 9th May 2011. (1010KB)

Water Taste Test Flyer Water Taste Test Flyer - Release Date 10-Jan-2011: - Flyer and rules about the inaugural Best of the West - Water Taste Test in May 2011. (2145KB)

e Flash #86 - 7 June 2010 e Flash #86 - 7 June 2010 - Release Date 07-Jun-2010: - 1. Urban Demand Management Guidelines. | 2. Water Industry Operators' Awards. | 3. WIOA Workshop, Rockhampton 23,24 June 2010. | 4. SWIM Queensland WSP 09-10 Annual Data Reporting - coming soon. | 5. Water Conference Stanthorpe. | (36KB)

DWQMP Workshop Agenda DWQMP Workshop Agenda - Release Date 15-Nov-2011: - Agenda for December workshops in DERM Drinking Water Quality Management Plan support program. (38KB)