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WEARS Australia to provide innovative interventions to coral reef bleaching.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 20:42

WEARS Australia (WEARS), represented in the UK by Gurney Environmental, have recently been announced as the engineering consultants to the Reef Havens Proposal. The first stage of funding was announced by the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy.

Minister for the Environment and Energy, The Hon. Josh Frydenberg said, “...this research project could play a pivotal role in ensuring the Reef is protected for generations to come. Modeling indicates the proposed intervention could reduce average surface water temperatures during potential bleaching conditions.”

WEARS General Manager, Cameron Meizer, welcomed this partial project funding from the Australian Department of Environment and Energy. “We were confident that this proposal has been well researched. So we have proposed a solution that will deliver what the science community told us was needed in order to minimise coral reef bleaching and improve recovery times.”

WEARS have been working with the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC) on the Reef Havens proposal and have designed, engineered and modeled the patented ‘ReefMix’ systems. The design was developed in consultation with the science community as led by RRRC. It will demonstrate the effects of moving and mixing high volumes of water to a design depth, and simulate natural water movement to counteract the hot, still weather conditions on Moore Reef.

WEARS CEO, Stephen Elliott, said, “WEARS was founded as a solutions-based company and for the last 20 years have been contacted to resolve issues that conventional interventions and responses can’t. We are very proud of our global achievements and look forward to delivering this project.”

WEARS are industry-leading water engineering and research consultants providing specialist engineering consulting and innovative product solutions for managing and maintaining water resources in Australia and internationally. Gurney Environmental of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, are the exclusive UK representative for WEARS supplying the WEARS ResMix Source Management systems as well as the ResMix Vital potable reservoir management system.


We've already found that the ponds work a lot better, they are a lot cleaner and functionally look a lot better than what they were previously. It seems to be working at this stage, so we're quietly confident that it's going to be a good investment.

Richard Kirby Regional Sewerage Business Unit Manager Nelson, New Zealand

...there is no doubt about it, the ResMix system works! Having started with a volatile and inconsistent chlorine residuals in our supply, we are now using the WEARS product to mix and dose our tanks. We are not alone in our experiences here. All I can say is that the results speak for themselves.

Doug Moorby Manager of Engineering Operations Norromine Shire, Australia

Adding the Accel-o-Fac® system to South Gippsland Water treatment cells where traditional surface aeration was previously used allowed the corporation to significantly reduce energy use. The savings in kWh are excellent with one application saving 72% in energy compared to the previous year.

Brett Vurlow South Gippsland Water Victoria, Australia

The fact that there is no associated sewage odours [with the Accel-o-Fac wwtp] meant that the system could be located relatively near to the village, and, after 10 years of use, no sludge removal has been needed.

Stephen Twyford Land & Property Department, Holkham Estate, Norfolk, UK

These results show that the [ResMix] mixer is providing a fully mixed water column and preventing conditions for manganese and nutrient release from the sediments.

Stuart Holden Process Engineer, United Utilities Engineering Ridgegate Reservoir

We are very pleased to be using this innovative management system in the reservoir at Pontsticill. This investment will improve the water quality for customers in the area and ensure they continue to receive a top quality supply of drinking water long into the future.

Roy Samuel Capital Delivery Manager, Welsh Water - Dwr Cymru

The Aero-Fac system at Windsor has to date met and exceeded our consent discharge levels, and we have been very happy with the system installed.

Andrew Dunning The Crown Estate Windsor

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