Coffs helps WA water
AS THE worsening drought tightens its grip on the nation, one Coffs Harbour company is doing its part to help solve the water problems of our far western neighbours.
Greenspan Technology, which recently won the Coffs Coast Advocate 2006 Business of the Year Award, won the contract in December last year to design and install an oceanographic monitoring system for the Water Corporation of Western Australia.
The second stage of the project was installed last week and the system is now fully operational.
The system is directly tied to the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant which is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
Designed to ultimately supply 17 per cent of Perth's water needs, the plant makes Western Australia the country's first State to use desalination as a major public water source.
With an initial daily capacity of 140,000 cubic metres, and the inbuilt potential for expansion to 250,000 cubic metres, the plant will be the largest single contributor to the area's integrated water supply scheme, providing an annual 45Gl and serving a population of 1.5 million.
The intake for the desalination plant is in Cockburn Sound, within the Indian Ocean, which is a very sensitive environmental area where past misdeeds have had a serious impact on the environment.
The Water Corporation, being very aware of this, engaged Greenspan Technology to design and install a sophisticated oceanographic monitoring system to enable five remote locations to be monitored for water flows as well as water quality.
Greenspan Techology, which was founded by Mark Wolfe as a one-man operation at Bonville 10 years ago, is currently involved in major water quality and flow projects around the world.
The biggest is the Smart Tunnel project in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur when a major roadway doubles as a storm channel.
Greenspan is also working with council's around Ausrtalia to monitor water flows and water quality.