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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Upgrade to increase Karratha wastewater recycling

Media release
2 May 2012

A $3.8 million upgrade to Karratha's Wastewater Recycling Scheme and Conveyance System will increase the supply of recycled water to the community by more than 150 million litres every year.

Launching the upgrade project in Karratha today, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the Australian Government is contributing $1.5 million funding towards the upgrade of the site's wastewater re-use pipeline and pump station.

“This will improve treated wastewater recycling and increase the volume of recycled wastewater available to irrigate the golf course and town ovals,” Senator Farrell said.

“This water would otherwise go to waste but instead will provide an environmentally friendly alternative to mains water use.

“The Australian Government recognises the importance of addressing water scarcity in challenging environments and the benefit recycled water can provide in reducing pressure on drinking water sources in the short and long-term.”

Australian Government funding for the upgrade works is part of a larger $4.05 million grant for the Water Corporation of Western Australia's $8.1 million West Pilbara Integrated Regional Water Efficiency Project.

That project will save more than 1,100 million litres of drinking-quality water across the West Pilbara region.

It includes a behavioural change program, retrofitting of water-saving showerheads, taps and toilets for residential and small non-residential customers and a leak detection and repair program in the Karratha, Dampier, Wickham, Onslow and Point Sampson communities.

The West Pilbara Integrated Water Efficiency Project is one of five projects in Western Australia to receive Australian Government funding.

The Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative is providing more than $12 million for Integrated Regional Water Efficiency projects in Karratha, Dampier, Wickham, Onslow, Point Sampson, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Broome, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie, Albany and Denmark.

These projects will deliver up to 4,499 million litres of drinking water savings.