Lifetime career in water industry recognised with legendary statusDate: 2016 11 11
A career dedicated to advancing the use and acceptance of recycled water by the Department of Primary Industries Water’s Nanda Altavilla, was recognised last night at the Australian Water Association (AWA) Legends of Water Awards.
Dr Altavilla was named a Legend of the Water Industry for her work in recycled water policy, regulation and provision of technical advice across NSW in a career spanning 16 years.
In accepting the award, Dr Altavilla said she was humbled to receive the award and the recognition by her peers in the water industry.
"I am fortunate be a part of an industry that is planning for challenges of water provision in the future where there will be increased demand and climate uncertainty. Water Recycling will play a part in meeting those challenges," said Dr Altavilla.
Michael Blackmore, Director Water and Sewerage Regulation DPI Water, said the legendary status bestowed on Dr Altavilla was testimony to her professionalism and passion for recycled water and the industry at large.
"As a specialist in recycled water assessment, Dr Altavilla focusses on the approvals for recycled water schemes led by regional water utilities and policy development for recycling schemes that are proposed by the private sector, which are regulated under the Water Competition Act," said Mr Blackmore.
"Her expertise in this field is also recognised at a national level, being a member of the working group for the review of the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling.
"DPI Water, as well as the communities and businesses throughout NSW which benefit from her work, are indeed lucky to have such a knowledgeable and passionate advocate," Mr Blackmore said.
Dr Altavilla’s interest in the regulation of recycled water started in 2005 when she worked as a policy officer in NSW Health whilst completing a PhD in Environmental Engineering at UNSW.
She continues to work in developing policy for water regulation, most recently in development of the NSW guidelines on Recycled Water Management Systems and formulation of the regulations for the Water Competition Act.
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