Welcoming Cambodian visitors to South East Water




Earlier this month, we gave a big welcome to a Cambodian delegation to WatersEdge to have a look at how our organisation operates. The delegation consisted of members of the Cambodian Water Association (CWA), Cambodian Ministry (Minister of Industry and Handicrafts, Minister of Rural Development) and advisory unit 3i/Palladium.

The delegation were in Australia for Ozwater’19, and had met with our General Manager Customer Service Delivery, Terry Schubach the previous day during an interactive workshop held by the Australian Water Association (AWA).

The Australian Government is supporting the five- year ‘Investing in Infrastructure’ 3i program, which involves expanding essential water infrastructure to hundreds of thousands of Cambodians who don’t have access to clean water. The AWA has received funding from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support the 3i program through a partnership with CWA. They extended an invitation to us to attend a workshop to give a general overview of our company, with the aim of setting up a collaborative partnership between our utility and a Cambodian water authority.

During the workshop, the Cambodian delegation were interested in our water resources, water and waste water networks, water recycling plants and water quality systems. They were also keen to see our network monitoring and control systems we use to provide a safe and reliable drinking water supply, as well as efficient sewage services to our customers.

The delegation first arrived at WatersEdge and visited our incident management centre and the Network Operations Control Centre, where our Operations Control Centre Manager Alan Roble-Perez showed how we use SCADA to help in daily monitoring of our assets. When then headed to one of our water supply basins at Rosedale Grove, which supplies parts of Frankston, Mt Eliza and Langwarrin. Our trip continued to our Mt Martha Water Recycling Plant where our lead operator Ben Murdoch explained how we go from raw sewage to Class A recycled water.

“It was great to have the Cambodian delegation visit us at WatersEdge. It gave both organisations a chance to learn and gain perspective on the differences in water resources and treatment between our countries.” Said South East Water’s General Manager Customer Service Delivery Terry Schubach.

As stated by the Cambodian Minister Bunna this handshake symbolises the start of an ongoing friendship and we hope to meet with the delegation members soon.