Kimberley Integrated Water Efficiency

Broome and Halls Creek, WA

Total funding: Total project cost of $3.7 million, with funding of $1.85 million from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by the Western Australian Water Corporation.

About the project

There is currently insufficient water to the towns of Broome and Halls Creek due to a combination of high population growth and expected reductions in the yield of the groundwater resources. As water use in the region is high there is considerable scope to reduce potable water use. The integrated program targets an overall reduction in potable water supply through a behaviour change program, retrofitting, and an active leakage detection and repair program.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • reduce potable water demand in Broome and Halls Creek by an estimated 543 million litres each year
  • provide economic benefits through potential deferment of water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure, energy usage, and water and wastewater treatment costs, and
  • improve environmental benefits through reduced surface water and groundwater extraction and reduced energy usage.

Progress

The project commenced on 19 August 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.

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