Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly
Innovation Hub To Nurture New Research Ideas In Recycled Wastewater
Victor P Taffa
- New Innovation Hub to explore developing technologies to recycle and sustainably treat wastewater
- Exploring new water technologies is important for Western Australia as climate change continues to impact water sources
- State Government calls for industry and technology providers to put forward proposals
Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced a new dedicated water innovation hub on the doorstep of the Subiaco Wastewater Treatment Plant to bring together industry, universities and research partners.
“This new water innovation hub is an exciting opportunity for the Water Corporation to partner with industry and researchers to help deliver new and smarter technologies for the sustainable treatment of wastewater.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.
“Given wastewater is 99.97 % water, as it mostly comes from showers, baths and sinks, the potential to develop more recycling options for this resource are just beginning to be explored as we work towards a more sustainable future.”
Innovation Hub will form part of a wider Water Research and Innovation Precinct located within the buffer zone of the wastewater treatment plant, to encourage the development of new smart technologies to treat and recycle wastewater.
State Government, through the Water Corporation, has developed the hub to test collaboratively with partners the latest technologies around wastewater recycling, before being developed further if proven successful.
South-west of Western Australia is one of the places on the planet most impacted by climate change. As a result, almost half of Perth’s water is now manufactured through seawater desalination and groundwater replenishment (highly treated wastewater which is then injected into groundwater aquifers for later use as a drinking water source).
Site next to the Subiaco Wastewater Treatment Plant was selected to have close access to a wastewater resource, and to make better use of the land around the plant.
Each year, 164 Billion litres of wastewater is collected from homes and businesses and safely treated by the Water Corporation at wastewater treatment plants across Western Australia.
Launch coincides with National Water Week which is held each year to encourage the community to think about how we use water, with this year’s theme being ‘Water for me, Water for All’.