Ben Kele

Arris Water

Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of ... Read more

George Gates

CSG & GW Consultant

As Director of Water Management Implementation in the NSW Office of Water, George was responsible for surface and groundwater management. He has been writing groundwater policy for the NSW government ... Read more

Jim Kelly


Jim is Director of Arris Pty Ltd, a group with a unique mix of science, agriculture, communications education and training, specialising in the beneficial and sustainable management of wastewater in t... Read more

Simon Williams

NSW Office of Water

Simon is the Environmental Water Manager for the NSW Office of Water. As a senior aquatic scientist with over 20 years experience. Simon has predominantly focussed on environmental water science and m... Read more

Larry Sirmans

Future Energy Solutions

Larry has in excess of 20 years of worldwide industry experience in industrial process and high value project delivery. He has worked and consulted in a diverse range of industries including: steel, a... Read more

John Ross

EMM Consulting Pty Limited

John is the National Technical Leader, Hydrogeology at EMM Consulting Pty Limited. Previously he was Manager Hydrogeology with the Upstream Gas Division of AGL Energy. John has more than 40 years’ e... Read more

Rob O'Neill

NSW Office of Water

Rob is the Director, Water Policy and Planning for the NSW Office of Water (NOW) within the NSW Government. Rob has been in the water management field for 23yrs, working initially in hydrology and riv... Read more

Course Content
Through their attendance at this course, participants will:
• Be able to identify the management issues
with Associated Water (AW)
• Know how to assess the contaminants of concern
• Understand the key issues in complying with regulations
• Know the public health and environmental requirements
• Be fully aware of risks and management
strategies involved with AW
• Understand the impact of salinity and SAR
• Learn how to maintain soil conditions in irrigation schemes
• Gain experience in the design and operation of treatment chains
• Gain familiarity with international and national case studies
• Analyze the economic sustainability of a management system
• Recognize recalcitrant contaminants that
may cause treatment issues
• Know the important, probing questions to ask
suppliers of treatment technologies
• Learn how to inform managers of the regulations and guidelines
• Learn how to engage stakeholders and address
environmental and public health concerns
• Manage the flow and recharge of Aquifers

What’s included?
• Presentations by experienced CSG and water professionals
• Set of course notes
• Activities and discussions
• Networking with other industry professionals
• Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
• Catering: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas

DAY 1: Understanding Coal Seam Associated Water (AW)
• Formation of AW
• Contaminates of concern
• Variability and Volumes of AW
• Extraction processes
• Conveyance of AW
• Storage of AW and the impact on quality
• Regulations, Guidelines, and Compliance
• Case studies: international examples of AW quality and volumes,
Australian coal seam basins; Surat, Gloucester, Bowen, Australian
examples of conveyance and storage
DAY 2: Treatment of Coal Seam AW
• Raw water quality
• Fit-for-purpose treatment and reuse
• Treatment chains: organics (including algae), suspended &
dissolved solids, ion exchange, reverse osmosis, brine management
(salt), recalcitrant contaminants (boron, fluoride, and strontium, SAR,
volatiles and hydrocarbons), chemical adjustments (pH and gypsum)
• Case studies: Australian and international examples of treatment
chains, ion exchange systems, differences between membrane
technologies, brine management strategies, recalcitrant
DAY 3: Sustainable Management of Coal Seam AW
• Recycled water management
• Stakeholder groups engagement
• Groundwater sustainability (aquifer management)
• Environmental and public health risk assessment
• Agricultural reuse: mass balance (water and salt), risk management
• Environmental flows: national versus state regulations
• Future risks
• Economic sustainability
• Case studies: failed community engagement, successful community
engagement, aquifer recharge, irrigation schemes