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  1. Text Heading Queensland Water Directorate David Wiskar Chair Technical Reference Group

  2. The Regulatory Framework in Queensland Queensland Local Government Water Service Providers The Opportunity The Queensland Water Directorate – Who are we? A Paradigm Shift in the Policy Cycle Achievements The Future – Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats Presentation Overview

  3. The Mission: “To provide leadership to the Water Industry in Queensland, influence policy and regulation and achieve better outcomes at lower cost” Queensland Water Directorate

  4. 5 State Government Agencies Environmental Protection Agency Natural Resources and Mines Queensland Health Local Government and Planning EP Act & Regs. Water Act & Regs. Health Act Local Government Act QLD Competition Authority 9 State Government Regulatory Instruments Plumbing and Drainage Act EPP Water 125 Local Governments Water Boards and Bulk Suppliers Mining Companies Remote & Indigenous Communities Island Resorts 200 Water Service Providers

  5. Replacement Asset Value $18 billion Water and Sewer Customers 3.8 million Water Connections 1.4 million Sewer Connections 1.3 million Length of water mains 33,000 km Number of Water Treatment Plants 203 Number of Sewage Treatment Plants 560 Number of Water Storages 100 Total Water Storage Capacity 2,687 GL Queensland Local Government Water Service Providers

  6. One voice to influence policy and regulations A common approach to interpretation and implementation of policy and regulations Alliances for beneficial outcomes Demonstrate higher performance at lower cost Opportunity - A New Leadership Role for Local Government Water Service Providers

  7. Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Qld Division Inc The Water Directorate – Who are we?

  8. Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Qld Division Inc Organisational Structure QWD Executive Officer Management Committee Technical Reference Group

  9. Water Businesses Provide the Service Assisting the Policy Cycle LGAQ Water Directorate Government Departments develop policy Policy Development Tools and Information

  10. Queensland Water Directorate Policy Endorsement Process State Government Agencies State Government Policy, Legislation and Strategic Projects that impact on Local Government Water Service Providers and hence the LGAQ and QWD. LGAQ Executive Committee Policy and Representation Committee QWD Management Committee (Incorporating LGAQ, IPWEAQ, LGMA, AWA) QWD Executive Officer QWD Technical Reference Group (TRG) Cental Queensland Region Northern Queensland Region South-West Region South East Region Queensland Water Directorate Members (Local Government Water Service Providers)

  11. Membership Strategic Plan 2005-2010 Project Delivery Schedule 2005-2010 State Government Project Partnerships Achievements

  12. Water Reform Agenda – National and State Existing Networks Strategic Priorities Institutional Arrangements - Sustainability Resourcing Partnering The Future – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats LGAT CONFERENCE TASMANIA JUNE 2006

  13. State-wide Information Management (SWIM) Project Water Sensitive Urban Design Guidelines Drought Management Plan Template Fluoride Fact Sheets Demand Management Fact Sheets Water Loss Software STP Manual Greywater – How to Guide for Local Government Blue-Green Algae Some Key Outputs LGAT CONFERENCE TASMANIA JUNE 2006

  14. A Project Example

  15. The Problem • Local Government water service providers currently collect, organise and store data for at least 37 reports, requested by 9 different organisations at various times of the year.

  16. Some Examples

  17. Some Examples

  18. Some Examples

  19. Reducing resources diverted to reporting activities from core business; Improving accounting of key information for business planning; Identifying and quantifying potential operational improvements; Providing comparative data for benchmarking; Improving access to data and communication within the business; and Improving community relations through greater transparency. Local Government Benefits

  20. Improved data accuracy. Allow for the better prioritisation of grants and subsidy scheme funding (benchmarking so that gaps in performance can be worked on). Provides greater information about how to apply their policies to get the best outcomes. Meets the objectives of the National Water Initiative. Enables a one stop shop for information about local and non-local government water supply performance. Improved operational efficiencies across State Government departments currently duplicating requests for information and reporting compilation. This will free up resources to focus on other initiatives and on data analysis rather than data gathering. Much faster response times. Increased reliability in terms of time scheduling and frequency. State Government Benefits

  21. Cutting reporting costs

  22. Cutting reporting costs

  23. The Solution • Design and implement by July 1 2007, an on-line water reporting system in Queensland for the efficient collection, storing and reporting of local government water service provider data.

  24. Project Partners • Project Leader – Department of Local Government Planning Sport and Recreation • Queensland Water Directorate (QWD) • Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) • Other State Government Departments; DNRM, EPA, Treasury

  25. Initiation & Planning – 3rd quarter 2005 Investigation & Evaluation – 1st Quarter 06 Specification & Design of Systems – 3rd quarter 06 System Implementation - 4th quarter 07 Capacity Building – 2nd quarter 07 Development & Enactment of Legislation – 1st quarter 07 Review & Evaluate Implementation – 4th quarter 08 Project Phases

  26. Project Management Project Manager Project support group State Government Other Organisations Water Service Providers

  27. Hon Terry Mackenroth Then Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Sport I welcome this review of reporting requirements of local Government water service providers as an opportunity to better integrate and streamline water service provider reporting requirements across all levels of government Hon Desley Boyle Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women I am supportive of a review of current reporting requirements to identify the most efficient mechanisms for collection of necessary data from local government water service providers. It is in everyone’s best interest to have the most effective processes in place to provide and receive data necessary for the maintenance of frameworks supporting water supply thought Queensland. Project Endorsement

  28. Some QueenslandWater Management InnovationsOf Interest IPWEA NATIONAL CONFERENCE ADELAIDE - AUGUST 2005

  29. An Australian first….. ….in your front yard

  30. The project • Replace old and failing meters • 20 000 domestic water meters • July 2006 – May 2007 • $5.4 million - $2.6 million from federal government • Discussions pending regarding a State Government investment in the project • Every home fitted with “Smart Metering” units - FREE

  31. The project • Replace old and failing meters • 20 000 domestic water meters • July 2006 – May 2007 • $5.4 million - $2.6 million from federal government • Discussions pending regarding a State Government investment in the project • Every home fitted with “Smart Metering” units - FREE

  32. Driving your Water Meters $ Further! • When you drive your shiny new Holden out of the show room it decreases in value • Every KL of water passing through your water meter means revenue reduction

  33. Are our meters reading accurately?

  34. What is Smart Metering? • Elster meters fitted with Firefly data loggers • Logs hourly water use data • Stores up to 90 days data • Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology

  35. Every meter a data logger • Every meter now is an interval data recorder • Data not normally available without expensive fixed network or meter equipment • Programmable from 1 minute to 4 hours • FIREFLY – Intervals • 8k = 330.6 days @ 1 hour (Gas) • 16k = 165 days @ 15 minutes (Electric) • 2k = 74 days @ 1 hour (Water) • Dispute resolution, theft prevention, virtual turn on/turn off, conservation monitoring, peak demand, TOU billing, meter right sizing, system optimisation, customer usage comparisons, more...

  36. Costs\benefits • Automatic Meter Reading more expensive: • Normal Metering - $40 per installation • AMR Metering - $150 per installation • Costs offset by; • Water efficiency benefits • Capital deferment (Trunk infrastructure) • Improved and more accurate billing • More accurate metering • Potential meter reading cost reductions (medium to long term)

  37. How this initiative will conserve water • Force outdoor usage off peak reduce water consumption. • Highlight internal leakage through better communication • Improve pricing signals to all customers (not just the environmentally motivated ones) • Accurate metering

  38. How this initiative will conserve water? • Encourage external water into the evenings reducing evaporation • Better information regarding how people use water (this will allow improved targeting of encouragement and education initiatives) • Preliminary estimates suggest savings of; • 60,000 litres per property per year • 600 – 1000 megalitres per year

  39. Closing slide… The Queensland Water Directorate David Wiskar – Chair Technical Reference Group Web Email Phone (07) 4197 4143 LGAT CONFERENCE TASMANIA JUNE 2006