Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme To Be Expanded

Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme To Be Expanded

Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly

$52 Million Project To Help Secure Perth’s Water Supply Now Underway

Victor P Taffa

  • McGowan Government starts $52 Million groundwater treatment plant upgrade in Neerabup
  • Up to 120 Western Australian jobs to be created during construction

Minister for Water Dave Kelly today announced the expansion of Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Scheme has reached a major milestone, with work starting to upgrade the Neerabup Groundwater Treatment Plant.

“Water supply planning is never static, we are constantly responding and adapting to changing circumstances, including climate change, by adding new water sources when needed.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.

“Through the innovative use of groundwater replenishment and this upgraded treatment plant, water is able to be replenished and abstracted on a one-to-one basis.”

Expansion of the Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, due to be completed in late 2020, will double the recharge capacity of the scheme from 14-28 Billion litres.

Groundwater replenishment is the process where secondary treated wastewater undergoes advanced treatment to produce drinking water. The water is recharged to an aquifer for later use as a drinking water source. When abstracted, the water is once again treated to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

$52 Million upgrade to the Neerabup Groundwater Treatment Plant will increase the capacity of the current plant from 100 Million-150 Million litres of water treated per day.

“It is great to see the McGowan Government deliver another major infrastructure project.” Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard said.

Upgrade is expected to provide up to 120 jobs for local workers during peak construction at the site, located east of Tamala Park in Perth’s northern suburbs. Works are expected to take about 12 months to complete.