Greywater Irrigation System Gets Comet Lift To Market -- 16 March 2007

AusIndustry Media Release:

16 March 2007

An innovative irrigation system that channels water from the household shower and washing machine to the garden has been awarded a $64,000 Australian Government grant to bring the product to the market place.

Australian Industry, Tourism and Resources Minister, Ian Macfarlane, said the innovation in Waterwise System's Greywater Gardener is innovative because it does not use a pump to transfer waste water to the garden and lawn.

"Greywater Gardener is a simple solution for water efficiency around the home and it puts an end to clogging and unpleasant smells," Mr Macfarlane said.

"The device will be a boon for households which are struggling to maintain a garden while still complying with tight water restrictions in place around most of the country."

[Contact: Peter Shepherd-Wilson, Waterwise Systems 03 9419 3777]

Waterwise Systems Australia Pty Ltd, of Melbourne, is one of 39 companies sharing in over $28 million through the latest round of funding through the Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) programs.

Other companies awarded COMET funding include:

Workbuddy Solutions Pty Ltd, of Sydney - $64,000 to commercialise a service which integrates web, email and SMS technologies to deliver automated rostering, time-sheeting and award interpretation solutions over the Net. [Contact: Roland Handel 1300 928 339]

Big Projects Pty Ltd, of Wagga Wagga - $64,000 to bring to market its Eco-Pallet – a safe, low-cost, efficient, environmentally friendly substitute for wooden pallets that uses recycled materials. [Contact: Nicholas Leywood 02 6931 8600]

Zvino Pty Ltd, of Brisbane - $64,000 to commercialise a bicycle wheel design that does away with spokes fixed to the rim. It will allow push bikes to use tubeless tyres, reducing the weight of the bike. [Contact: John MacTaggart 07 3303 0155]

Media Contact: Lisa Chalk, Minister's Office, 02 6277 7580, 0409 476 619 Robyn Foster, AusIndustry, 02 6213 6787