Protocol Development Group

To ensure the Validation Protocols are developed in accordance with best practice knowledge and know-how, the Centre established an advisory committee – the Protocol Development Group – to guide and assist the process of determining which technologies required protocols and to have robust dialogue between the various sectors affected by processes of technology assessment.

Four sectors of industry segments are represented on the PDG:

  • Water quality / health regulators
  • Mid-large utilities (Water Service Association of Australia)
  • Local Government water utilities in Qld and NSW (the Qld and NSW Water Directorates)
  • Private Industry (as nominated by the AWA Innovation Advisory Group)
David Sheehan

David Sheehan

General Manager Water Quality Performance and Regulation at Coliban Water

David leads a multi-disciplinary team that ensures Coliban Water supplies fit-for-purpose drinking and recycled water as well as ensuring that Coliban Water meets its regulatory obligations with respect to public health and environmental protection. Previously, David spent 9 years as Team Leader - Water Regulation in VicHealth and was also a member of the NHMRC’s Water Quality Advisory Committee, overseeing the development of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Dr David Cunliffe

Dr David Cunliffe

Principal water quality specialist with the SA Health

A regulator with over 30 years of experience with public health aspects of water quality, David led the development of the South Australian Safe Drinking Water Act and has contributed to a range of national and international guidelines including WHO and Australian guidelines for drinking water quality, recycled water and recreational water quality. He chaired the working group that developed the Australian guidelines for Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies.

Alan Kleinschmidt

Alan Kleinschmidt

Consultant

A chemist who has worked in Queensland local government water businesses for almost 40 years, Alan’s experience includes laboratory testing, laboratory management, hazardous waste and trade waste management and, water and wastewater operations management. Until recently, Alan worked for Toowoomba Regional Council as water and wastewater operations manager. He is currently working as a consultant to the water industry.

Jordi Gallo

Jordi Gallo

Consultant

Jordi has over 20 years’ experience in the planning, design and management of wastewater treatment plants and water recycling schemes. She has delivered process and multidisciplinary projects ranging from rural lagoon based reuse systems to complex nutrient removal plants with advanced treatment. Recently she has been involved with the Santa Clara Valley and Palo Alto Water Recycling schemes.

Luc Richard

Luc Richard

(Acting) Manager of the Drinking Water Quality Team at TasWater

Luc has worked in the water industry since 2007. He spent 5 years with the department of Health in Victoria, working on the endorsement of Class A water recycling schemes and was a contributing author to the department’s 2013 Guidelines for validating treatment processes for pathogen reduction. He is currently the convenor of WSSA’s Water Quality and Health Network.

Dr Kaye Power

Dr Kaye Power

Principal Analyst, Water licensing and compliance at IPART

Kaye is a recognised regulatory expert in the application of risk management for the production and delivery of safe water (drinking and recycled). She has been engaged in the application and development of regulation and policy for the protection of public health in the urban water arena for over 20 years. She was a Principal Investigator on Street Map 6 Establishment of a National Validation Framework for Water Recycling.

Dr Cedric Robillot

Dr Cedric Robillot

Managing Director, HeadStart Development

Cedric has more than ten years of experience as a senior executive in the private and public sectors in Australia and overseas. He was recently Executive Manager for Seqwater, in charge of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme and Gold Coast Desalination Plant ($3.5 billion asset portfolio). Prior to joining the water industry, he worked for 10 years in the biomedical field, co-founding the biotechnology company Cleveland Biosensors.

John Mieog

John Mieog

Team leader, Eastern Region Planning – Integrated Planning, Melbourne Water

John Mieog has developed considerable experience and expertise in the research, planning, design, implementation and regulatory approval of recycled water treatment plants and schemes through his lead role in successfully delivering the advanced tertiary upgrade up the Eastern Treatment Plant – a world-class wastewater treatment plant that also produces high quality recycled water.

Andrew Lanchbery

Andrew Lanchbery

Senior Technical Compliance Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Andrew has worked for more than 15 years in the water industry. His skills include water systems operations, sewage and recycled water treatment plant design management and commissioning, validation testing of treatment systems, practical research of treatment systems using live microbial cultures and chemical tracers, risk management system documentation, functional development of control systems and on-site verification, audit of plant controls and development of HACCP plans for managing water quality. His current role includes drinking water quality regulation and recycled water treatment system endorsement.

Robert Wale

Robert Wale

Consultant

Rob has more than 30 years’ experience in the water industry in conventional and advanced water and wastewater treatment technologies. He has commercialised new technologies and been associated with their implementation across Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. He actively participated in key wastewater reuse projects in Australia and overseas including Orange County [Water Factory 21], Scottsdale Ground Water Recharge, Singapore`s Changi Deep Water Tunnel SEQ Water Reuse Infrastructure and Water Corp`s South Perth Desalination project.

What is WaterVal?

WaterVal provides a nationally consistent approach to the validation of water treatment technologies to enhance confidence in managing water treatment and supply.

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Framework

WaterVal benefits are delivered through an integrated management framework, including technology validation protocols, expert technical assessment, certification and data/information management functions.

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The 9 Elements

Based on national and international best practice, and backed by rigorous scientific research, each WaterVal protocol includes nine elements of validation, ensuring consistency and uniformity for users.

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Why WaterVal?

Current treatment technology validation arrangements across Australia are often duplicative. Higher costs, inconsistencies and longer times to achieve validation can inhibit innovation and efficiency, while potentially increasing the risks to water management outcomes.

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