Aimed at scientists, engineers and water planners, the Produced Water Research Centre will hold a workshop to showcase the best available scientific methods and industry practices for generation and use of water quality data in characterisation, classification and treatment of saline effluents.

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Credible water quality data and delineation of patterns in water quality parameters can help scientists and engineers accurately define and mitigate environmental issues associated with saline effluents through analysis and evaluation of appropriate management options.

The workshop – Best Practices for Sampling Design, Characterisation and Classification of Saline Effluents– will run from 8 – 9 October 2012 at Macquarie University, Sydney.

“Sustainable management of saline effluent is currently a major operational and environmental challenge for industries facing large volumes of produced water, such as unconventional gas production,” says Bill Russell, manager of the Produced Water Research Centre.


“A major impediment to identification and assessment of any produced water-related risks, and for developing sound management policies and practices for minimising those risks, is lack of credible and validated water quality data and information.”

Dr Aharon Arakel, Dr Mike Mickley and Associate Professor Simon George – experts in the field from industry and academia – will look at how to charaterise and manage saline effluent in energy, water supply, minerals/mining and food processing industries. They will explore all areas of water production, from sampling design and analysis concepts to system development and application of the generated data.

Case studies will demonstrate how such practices can help in:

  • developing water quality signatures for differentiating stacked aquifers
  • design and quality control of water sampling and monitoring programs
  • groundwater baseline testing prior to exploration and development drilling
  • mine dewatering scheduling
  • design of evaporation/storage ponds
  • formulation of pollution control and storm water management plans and evaluation of water treatment options for reuse
  • discharge re-injection or other means of management.

More information on is available online. You can also contact the centre by emailing [email protected] or calling (02) 9805 3131.

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