Tag Archives: actew water

Hurrah for Actew Water cries Actew Water

By 4 November 2013

Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]

ACTEW explains how to read your meter for 3 minutes

By 31 October 2013

3 minutes and 14 seconds long that video is.
I made it 30 seconds into it, did anyone do better?
Does something amazing happen for the last minute or is the whole video exactly as interesting as actually reading your water meter?

Taking a look at the enlarged Cotter Dam

By 15 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

With the Tokyo Bureau Chief in town we went for a look at the enlarged cotter dam and the new piece of public art; Flow.

To be honest 15 tonnes of concrete sculpture is a little underwhelming in the context of the entire dam wall.
It does have a blurb replete with explanation if you’re into that [...]

Short doco about Indigenous Archaeology at the Cotter

By 14 October 2013

ACTEW Water have put out a 15 minute short film about digging up artifacts at the Cotter.
Get yourself a coffee and have a watch if you’re keen.

This 15 minute film looks back at the Indigenous archaeological program undertaken at the site of the new Cotter Dam between 2008 and 2013, with the eventual return to [...]

More water in storage than ever before

By 8 October 2013

Actew Water are celebrating their full or filling reservoirs:
The ACT is now storing more water than ever before.
Just a few days before ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher launches the new Cotter Dam its storage levels are now more than 5 times the volume of the original dam. Across the catchment our dams are breaking records. [...]

App guide to Canberra City Art

By 1 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Creative Partnerships Australia, have released an app called CITYART to help you find and enjoy the many art installations around Canberra.
If that’s your kind of thing, then head over to the site for info and a link to download the app from iTunes.
If you’re an android user then you’re out of luck as the app [...]

Paying the contractors to be over time and budget on the Cotter Dam?

By 26 August 2013

The Liberals Alistair Coe is asking questions about the exploding costs on the expanded Cotter Dam:

Alistair Coe MLA
Following the Auditor General’s announcement for a performance audit of the Cotter Dam project, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe said the ACT Government should demonstrate what time penalties are [...]

Please don’t make us clean up a fatberg cries Actew Water

By 8 August 2013

With news of London’s “fatberg” delighting the world our own Actew Water are asking us to think about how to avoid it here:
“Our teams actively target hotspots around the city, identifying sewer chokes, blockages, and areas where roots may have infiltrated the network. We also specifically target the sewer infrastructure around restaurants and takeaways where [...]

Cranes coming down in the Cotter Valley


It’s one of our last chances to see the big boys’ toys at play as work on the new Cotter Dam comes to an end.
Today Actew Water have the crane removals for us:
They became a familiar sight in the Cotter valley in recent years, but their service in the construction of the Enlarged Cotter Dam [...]

ACTEW Water shedding technical jobs

By 6 June 2013

The ABC informs us that ACTEW water is pulling back from 35 to 25 senior operational managers:
David Smith from the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers says it is a big loss.
“This is more than one in four of the senior technical experts in ACTEW,” he said.
“The concern that we have are the [...]

ACT Government pushing for cheaper water (but not too cheap)

By 15 April 2013

In the wake of today’s showdown with the Actew board Andrew Barr has announced plans to lower the cost of water and sewerage:
The ACT Government has supported the ICRC’s draft determination to provide relief from cost of living pressures on Canberra households by lowering water and sewerage bills in the Territory.
The ACT Government has provided [...]

Dropping the pilot. John Mackay resigning from Actew and ActewAGL

By 15 April 2013

The Canberra Times has the bombshell news that John Mackay is quitting amidst the extraordinary scenes brought on by the under reporting of Mark Sullivans salary to run Actew Water.
When we get official statements we’ll add them in here.

UPDATE 15/04/13 16:27: Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr’s statement is now available:
Outcomes from the meeting are detailed [...]

Behold the Cotter Dam


It might be over budget and over due, but Actew Water have tweeted what is undoubtedly a bloody big wall.
New #CotterDam photo really gives sense of scale – see our crew looking tiny on the ledge in the middle…
— ACTEW Water (@ACTEWWater) April 7, 2013

Chiefly fury directed at Actew Water

By 27 March 2013

The ABC has some strong language directed at Actew Water after they lost $235,000 in pay to Managing Director Mark Sullivan (a pretty hefty salary in its own right to most people).
Ms Gallagher learned early in March that the water provider understated Mr Sullivan’s salary by almost $235,000 in its 2010-11 annual report.
When the [...]

Brown water in West Belconnen

By 27 March 2013

Actew Water is warning that they’re fiddling in the pipes out West and not to panic if your water is brown:
ACTEW Water is improving the water network for residents in MacGregor, Latham and Holt to ensure an ongoing fresh, clear water supply and lessen the need for future water supply disruptions.
These essential works, taking [...]

Water prices coming down

By 26 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has proposed a reduction in water prices in the wake of its draft report on regulated water and sewerage services:
If the prices proposed in this review were to come into effect, volumetric water prices would drop by about 17 per cent and sewerage services prices by about 24 [...]

Rare blackfish make it all the way to the Stromlo water works

By 14 February 2013

ACTEW Water have the cute story of two rare fish making the long an unexpected journey from Bendora to Stromlo:
A rare two-spined Blackfish, which employees from ACTEW Water’s Environment Team have appropriately nicknamed Nemo, will today return home.
The little fish made an epic journey from the Bendora Dam down miles of raw water pipes to [...]

Despatches from the Cotter Dam

By 30 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Actew Water have added a new video of what they’ve been up to out at the Cotter Dam.
Sure to be a hit with our construction enthusiasts.
Works continue onsite at the Cotter Dam enlargement. See the log boom prior to it’s installation and hear updates from a few of our people at the site.
[Documentary maker Richard [...]

Cotter Dam Expansion drawing to a close

By 18 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Actew Water have announced the last roller compacted concrete has been laid on the expanded Cotter Dam.
Canberra’s great wall, the Enlarged Cotter Dam is nearing completion, with the final load of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) laid in the early hours of Saturday morning.
This is a significant milestone for the ACT and Queanbeyan community who will [...]

Brown water in the Inner North

By 22 November 2012

Here in the bunker there has been considerable bad language prompted by warnings of maintenance induced water discolouration until the weekend.
ACTEW Water customers in the Inner North Suburbs of the City, Turner, Reid, Braddon, Ainslie, Dickson, Lyneham and O’Connor may experience some discolouration of the water supply from Thursday 22 November until Saturday 24 [...]

More Cotter Dam construction porn

By 2 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACTEW have posted their latest look at the vast Cotter Dam Enlargement works:
Join ACTEW Water project manager Ray Hezkial for an in depth look at the enlarged Cotter Dam progress as at October 2012. Ray takes us deep inside the dam to meet the guys and see the works. Not long to go now on [...]

Your five showers a day now secured

By 25 October 2012

ACTEW Water have the happy news that the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline has been completed.
This means in an emergency we can outbid the farmers downriver for water allocations and suck it out of the Murray Darling system:
After just over 18 months the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline project is now complete. The project is part [...]

Brown water in Gungahlin

By 22 October 2012

ACTEW Water customers in the Gungahlin District may experience some discolouration of the water supply from Tuesday 23 October until Saturday 27 October 2012 due to essential network maintenance.
ACTEW Water apologises for any inconvenience this essential work may cause.
It is difficult to predict which properties the discoloured water may reach, however the discolouration will [...]

Dirty water in parts south

By 3 October 2012

ACTEW Water customers in the Weston, Waramanga and Stirling may experience some discolouration of the water supply from Thursday 4 October until Friday 5 October 2012 due to essential network operations.
It is difficult to predict which properties the discoloured water may reach, however the discolouration will clear with normal water use.
If the discolouration is still [...]

Water prices about to be set

By 21 September 2012

Stand up and be counted on water.

No trouble at the dam

By 21 September 2012

ACTEW Water advise the smoke and emergency vehicles at the Cotter Dam are a training exercise:
The Bulk Water Alliance (John Holland, Abigroup, GHD and ACTEW Water) who are delivering the enlarged Cotter Dam project, are conducting this training as part of our continual improvement in being prepared to respond to a serious emergency or incident [...]

Actew Water??

By 10 September 2012

What’s with the renaming?
I mean ACTEW already means ACT Electricity & Water so now we have ACT Electricity & Water Water……..

Brown water in Latham and Macgregor

By 7 August 2012

Actew Water are warning that they’re playing with the plumbing out West Belco Way:
ACTEW Water customers in Latham and Macgregor may experience some discolouration of the water supply from Wednesday 8 August until Friday 10 August due to essential upgrade of a length of water main.
It is difficult to predict which properties the discoloured [...]

ACTEW Water raises prices because of water conservation

By 31 July 2012

ACTEW Water expects an increase in Canberra’s water charges starting next financial year, the ABC has reported. This will apparently be due to water restrictions, water consumption and new water security projects.
It seems as though we may have gotten a little carried away by conserving water to the point where ACTEW has to raise prices [...]

$2.5 million to set up Actew Water

By 20 July 2012

The ABC reports on the bill to hand water services back from ActewAGL to Actew Water in an increasingly complicated dance which one can only hope is leading to electricity privatisation (otherwise the whole thing has been insane).
On July 1, Actew Water assumed direct responsibility for the management and operation of the water and sewage [...]

Brown water around Woden

By 13 July 2012

ACTEW Water (please note the capitalisation of the new instrumentality) are warning that they’re messing with the pipes around Woden and not to be alarmed if your tap is channelling the spirit of Adelaide:
ACTEW Water customers in Phillip, Lyons, Curtin, Chifley, O’Malley, Garran, Torrens, Hughes, Mawson and Pearce may experience some discolouration of the water [...]

ACTEW takes back the water

By 18 June 2012

The ABC has a story on moves by ACTEW to take the water services and 300 staff from ActewAGL and set up Actew Water.
From July 1, water will again come under the corporation with a new body trading as Actew Water.
ACTEW Corporation managing director Mark Sullivan says the change will make the water provider more [...]

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