Jurg Keller

15 May 2013 — The National Water Awards, hosted by the Australia Water Association, have recognised professionals from around Australia.

Association Tom Mollenkopf said the winners had demonstrated innovation, courage, leadership and outstanding achievement that is needed to meet the nation’s water needs in years to come.

The winners are:

Young Water Professional of the Year – Kate Simmonds, Victoria

Ms Simmonds is on the AWA Victorian Branch Committee, which includes chairing the Victorian Member Services committee and serving the Sustainability Specialist Network. She is a project manager and technical specialist at CH2M Hill.

AWA Water Professional of the Year – Jurg Keller

Mr Keller is an internationally recognised leader and highly influential industry expert in water treatment and technologies. His fields of expertise are of substantial importance to water management in Australia. He is the director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland and professor in the School of Chemical Engineering.

CH2M Hill’s regional manager Chris Morris and Kate Simmonds

Water Industry Safety Excellence Award – Water Resources Alliance

WRA is actively working on reducing and eliminating workplace injuries by introducing a 24/7 LiveSafe program to create an embedded culture of people acting as drivers for safety, impacting their awareness and behaviours for safety at work and also at home and play.

National Undergraduate Water Prize – Caroline Auricht, Lisa Blinco, Nina Hurr and Stefanie Tiggemann, University of Adelaide

This award rewards students for excellence in the field of water studies and research, and provides a forum for students to display their academic excellence and research findings to future employees, clients and the water industry.

AWA Program Innovation Award – Bulk Water Alliance

The Alliance was awarded for its Enlarged Cotter Dam Fish Management Program, an integrated approach to protecting threatened aquatic species in the Murray-Darling Basin.

AWA Project Innovation Award – NSW State Water Corporation and Water for Rivers.

The NSW State Water Corporation, in partnership with Water for Rivers, has undertaken a world first real time water resource management project. CARM will enable efficient delivery of water from Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams to all Murrumbidgee River users along its 1,600km stretch, as well as river distributaries.

AWA Research Innovation Award – National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology, The University of Queensland

Mike Burch

The Centre’s researched a project “What’s in our water? Bioanalytical tools for assessment of micropollutants, mixtures and transformation products from sewage to drinking water”.

AWA Research and Development Award – Mike Burch

Mr Burch is an eminent researcher in the field of algae, cyanobacteria and reservoir management and in his role as manager of Research & Innovation at SA Water he is responsible for delivering high quality research to the Australian and global water industry.