Australia's new Produced Water Research Centre (PWRC) is to Hold a Workshop on Saline Effluents at the Centre at Sydney's Macquarie University in Early October 2012.

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Produced Water Research Centre at Sydney's Macquarie University holds first workshop on saline effluent evaluation and management

The workshop entitled “Best Practices for Sampling Design, Characterization and Classification of Saline Effluents” will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 8-9, 2012 at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

The workshop program will be presented by Dr. Aharon Arakel, Dr. Mike Mickley and Assoc. Professor Simon George, experts in the field from industry and academia. The presenters will focus on saline effluent from sampling design and analysis concepts to system development and methods for application of generated data to management of saline effluent in energy, water supply, minerals/mining and food processing industries. Case studies will be presented to 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.
“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 and mining. A major impediment to identification and assessment of any produced water-related risks, and for developing sound management policies and practices for minimizing those risks, is lack of credible and validated water quality data and information. A key goal of running this workshop is to explain how credible water quality data and delineation of patterns in water quality parameters will support the efforts of water/wastewater scientists and engineers in accurate definition of environmental issues and their mitigation through evaluation of management options.” says Bill Russell, the Centre Manager.
The workshop is aimed at those scientists, engineers and water planners seeking knowledge on best available scientific methods and industry practices for generation and use of water quality data in characterization, classification and treatment of saline effluents.
For more information on the workshop: Best Practices for Sampling Design, Characterization and Classification of Saline Effluents, visit or contact the Centre at: producedwater(at)mq(dot)

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