Eco Detection and Derwent Estuary Program present at AWA Tasmanian State Conference

On 21 September 2022, Eco Detection and The Derwent Estuary Program presented an update on our water quality monitoring project at the annual AWA TAS Where the Waters Meet conference. This year’s conference staged at Wrest Point featured presentations around the theme ‘An era of investment – It’s more than money‘.

Now some 12 months since the first systems were installed, Phillip Fox, Eco Detection CTO detailed the collaborative approach to showcase the system. There are seven instruments deployed at multiple points along the catchment in the primary trial. They include Meadowbank Vineyard, TasWater sewage plant at Norfolk and the Norske Skog Boyer paper mill. Example data was shared with the audience demonstrating daily cycles in nutrient concentration, response to rainfall events and the comparative field sampling program now commenced to validate Eco Detection’s performance.

Eco Detection was pleased to update the audience on future developments with the technology expansion program to include ammonium, potassium, light and heavy metals and operation in marine environments.

Eco Detection thanks the Derwent Estuary Program led by CEO, Ursula Taylor and catchment scientist, Bernadette Proemse for the partnership and the opportunity to update the Tasmanian branch of the AWA on our breakthrough work. The Derwent Estuary Program water quality monitoring is supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.

The Tasmanian Branch of Australian Water Association (AWA) brings together corporate and individual members representing utilities, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and Young Water Professionals and students – our water leaders of the future. 

The Tasmanian branch fulfils AWA’s main objectives to share, connect & inspire through a range of initiatives including an annual mentoring program, a Young Water Professional program, Tasmanian State awards program, and an annual state conference, Where the Waters Meet.