Western Australia Minister for Water Mia Davies
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman
Kojonup Gets Boost To Non-Potable Water Supply
Victor P Taffa
- $66,000 grant to help secure Kojonup’s non-potable water supply
- Diversified water infrastructure facilitating liveable and productive country towns
- $30 Million Watering WA initiative made possible by Royalties for Regions
Water Minister Mia Davies recently announced funding for the Shire of Kojonup to boost the town’s availability of non-potable water supplies.
Ms. Davies said $66,000 would be made available through the Liberal National Government’s Watering WA Towns program to refurbish the town’s showground dam and catchment infrastructure.
“Combined with the existing standpipe connected to the old Kojonup dam, the refurbished Showgrounds dam and a new fast flow standpipe will provide improved access and more water for emergency livestock and firefighting.” Ms. Davies said.
Water from the new supply will also be used to meet the shortfall to irrigate Kojonup’s sporting grounds, currently irrigated with treated wastewater and supplemented by expensive scheme water during summer months.
“An important part of the Watering WA initiative is to reduce scheme water use by boosting non-potable supplies, and the Shire will now save an estimated $11,000 per year through this project.” Ms. Davies said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government through Royalties for Regions was committed to supporting liveable country towns by maximising the productive use of non-potable water in areas vulnerable to water deficiencies.
“Regional communities are central to WA’s identity and economy, and alternative water sources build their resilience to meet the challenges of climate while also providing extra supply capacity to support economic development and broader community aspirations.” Mr. Redman said.
$30 Million Watering WA initiative is the single biggest investment in regional non-drinking water projects to make hundreds of millions of litres of fit-for-purpose water available for maintaining sports grounds and public spaces, industry supply, and emergency livestock and firefighting purposes.
Six-year program is funding expanded grants and rebates for local governments, farmers, community groups and businesses to co-invest in new and improved infrastructure to better harvest, store, treat and distribute underutilised water sources.
- Watering WA Towns accelerates the Community Water Supply Program, which has funded 120 projects worth $5.5 Million in dryland agricultural communities since 1995, by increasing grants from a maximum of $100,000 up to $2 Million for infrastructure
- Watering WA Farms expands the Department of Water’s Farm Water Rebate Scheme to include farms connected to scheme water with more than $36 Million spent building capacity on more than 3,900 farms not connected to scheme water since 1995