Webinar | Keeping the water on during and after extreme events

Nov 30, 2021 12:30pm to 2:30pm

With more frequent extreme weather events being part of Australian life, we need to be more vigilant in turning our water supplies into sustainable systems, withstanding such shocks.

As bushfire season is upon us, Water Research Australia is launching our Extreme Events webinar series. The three-part webinar series on bushfires, floods, and drought will investigate historical learnings and the impact they have had on the sector, while exploring opportunities for new systems thinking that helps us be prepared for future events.

The first webinar will be held this month with the next two webinars to follow in February.

Join us for the first part of the series, Bushfires: Keeping the water on during and after extreme events, on 30 November,to hear from experts in managing water quality and quantity in extreme climates, and be part of the discussion with our panellists who will answer your key questions on how we can best prepare for future challenges.

Hear from the below presenters:
Bushfire Prevention Program and Predicting impacts from Fire on Water Quality
Anne O'Shannon & Jacquie Bellhouse | Water Corporation
Anne O’Shannon is an experienced strategic project manager with a background in health & safety and is currently a Principal in the Water Corporations Asset Strategy Business Unit. Anne holds a Science degree in Health, Safety & Environment and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health. Anne leads the Asset Contingency & Resilience Program and applies a value-oriented lens envisioning, prioritising and orchestrating major change programs utilising Agile and traditional project methodologies, while working collaboratively and inclusively with multi-disciplinary teams. Anne was recently nominated for the Women in Technology WA Tech Award for her work in the Bushfire Prevention Program applying digital technologies for improved productivity and efficiency.
Jacquie Bellhouse is currently a Senior Hydrologist with the Water Corporation of WA with extensive experience in Water and Wastewater Resource planning across the state of WA. Current disciplines include Hydrologic Modelling, Climate Change Risk Assessment, and the initiation and coordination of Hydrological, Hydrogeological and Eco-Hydrological research, investigations, and assessments. The aim is to ensure the efficient and effective development, management and delivery of water and wastewater services across WA at the lowest possible cost to the environment.
Melbourne Water's response to increasing bushfire risk
Kathy Cinque | Melbourne Water
Kathy has worked in the water industry for over 20 years mainly in the water quality research area.  She provides specialist technical expertise and knowledge within Melbourne Water in regard to hydrodynamics, water quality, hydrology and public health.  Kathy develops and applies complex models and strategical leadership to solve water quality problems, including assessing risk during water quality incidents.
Sydney's extreme weather challenges 2020-2021
Peter Cox | Sydney Water
Peter joined Sydney Water laboratories in 1991, eventually rising to the management of the biological laboratories in 2000. In 2005 he moved to the Sydney Catchment Authority (now WaterNSW). In 2008 he returned to Sydney Water in the research group. In 2020 he joined the Water Quality Custodian team in Sydney Water’s Governance & Assurance area to provide assurance of recycled water and drinking water quality.
Tests for the water quality and treatment of bushfire impacted source water
Asm  Mohiuddin | Sydney Water

Asm Mohiuddin joined Sydney Water as a Water Treatment Specialist in 2013. With over 18 years process engineering experience in the industry, he currently works as Process Manager in Water Supply & Production in Sydney Water and manages a process engineering team. He leads drinking water improvement projects, optimsiation of water filtration plants at Sydney Water during water quality incidents and treatment studies for major source water quality changes.  He also manages research and development trials in pilot and prototype scale treatment and process design and selection of treatment technologies in water treatment upgrades and leads numerous treatment and water quality models development initiatives in Sydney Water.

Using evidence to guide post-fire erosion rish mitigation
Petter Nyman | Jacobs
Petter is a hydrologist and data scientist with experience in catchment management, bushfire management and spatial analytics across a wide range of environmental disciplines.  With advanced analytics, and deep understanding of ecohydrology, climate change and catchment processes, he provides insights and evidence to inform strategies and policy across wide range of NRM issues. Prior to joining Jacobs as a consultant, he spent 10 years conducting research on bushfire impacts on catchment processes. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles on this topic. Models that were developed as part of this research are currently used by Melbourne Water and other agencies in ACT and VIC to assess and mitigate risk to water quality from post-fire erosion

Impact of bush fire on Middle River WTP water quality
David Cook | SA Water

David Cook is a Senior Scientist and manages the water science team at SA Water. The Water Science team is laboratory based and completes research and investigations into drinking water treatment processes and distribution system management for both SA Water and the drinking water community. David regularly provides advice to SA Water and other water utilities regarding drinking water treatment and has presented outcomes of research at national and international conferences and in scientific journals.
Incorporating Traditional Aboriginal fire knowledge and cultural responsibilities into bushfire prevention  
Candice Nayda | SA Water

Candice Nayda, an Eastern Arrentre woman from Central Australia, is the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisor at SA Water. With Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management and post graduate studies in Indigenous engagement and Land and Sea Country Management, her role focusses on ensuring SA Water is compliant under the Aboriginal Heritage Legislation. Candice is responsible for the Working on Country projects, where she works closely with Aboriginal communities to undertake land management activities on SA Water land to deliver environmental, social economic and cultural outcomes for the Aboriginal community.

10 minutes of fire – bushfires and water quality management. 
Quinn Ollivier | WaterNSW

Experienced in leading projects in environmental management and carbon offsets, including key carbon accounting and environmental hazard protocols and methodologies, Quinn Ollivier is a Water Quality Scientist at WaterNSW and was the project lead for the Post-Fire Water Quality Monitoring Plan for Lake Burragorang and the Warragamba Dam. This project involved identifying key water quality hazards, potential mitigations, establishing a monitoring design to address these hazards, and managing the mid to long term research goals to increase the efficacy of future fire response.



Please note: the webinar will commence at 12:30pm (Sydney Time) running for approximately 120 minutes and will include presentations followed by Q&A.

Full details including links to the webinar platform will be sent to registered attendees.

The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be provided to registered attendees within 7 business days after the event.

This webinar is free for WaterRA members, and is $50 for non-members. Not sure if you're a member? Check our member listing here



Cancellation and Refund Timetable 

5 or more working days before the event

Cancellations will recieve a 100% refund 

4 or less working days before the event

No refunds will be issued however registrations are transferable, refer to name change details in policy

No fee will be charged for non-attendance by members



Information Summary

Event Type:Online webinar
From:Nov 30, 2021 12:30pm
To:Nov 30, 2021 2:30pm
Availability:All welcome
Event Coordinator:Jo Ohlmeyer

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