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New project to save two billion litres of WA water annually.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Australian Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T45 /07 18 April 2007

NEW PROJECT TO SAVE TWO BILLION LITRES OF WA WATER ANNUALLY

The Australian Government will contribute more than $6 million to a $48 million innovative urban development design in Western Australia to save up to two billion litres of water each year.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull today announced the Brookdale Water Cycle project in Western Australia would receive $6.19 million from the Australian Government Water Fund.

“Many urban communities are feeling the effects of low rainfall and are looking for ways to be more sustainable and self-sufficient,” Mr Turnbull said.

“This project is an excellent example of water sensitive urban design that will contribute to improved water management and reduce reliance on drinking water supplies.”

“I am very pleased to announce this funding for Western Australia. It brings total investment for Western Australia under the Water Smart Australia component of the Australian Government Water Fund to more than $37 million, for projects valued at more than $113 million.”

Australian Government funding, to be matched by the Western Australian Government, will assist the Armadale Redevelopment Authority put in place stormwater capture, filtering and groundwater recharge, extraction and monitoring components of the development. Water will be extracted from the groundwater for non-potable residential and community uses through the establishment of community bores.

“The water cycle will be closely monitored to ensure it is efficient and sustainable,” Mr Turnbull said. “The use of groundwater for purposes other than drinking will substitute up to 2 billion litres per year of drinking water from Perth’s water supply, and the project will also replenish the groundwater which forms part of Perth’s drinking water system.”

Today’s announcement follows the Australian Government’s commitment to contribute $15.75 million to the Beenyup Reverse Osmosis Groundwater Replenishment Project and almost $15 million to accelerate water planning in four priority water systems - the Pilbara, Gnangara Mound, south west Western Australia and the Collie Catchment.

This announcement means the Australian Government has committed more than $50 million under the Australian Government Water Fund to projects in Western Australia valued at almost $143 million. In addition to more than $37 million under the Water Smart Australia Programme, $12.5 million has been committed by the Australian Government under the Community Water Grants Programme and $165,000 under the Raising National Water Standards Programme.

Further information on these projects is available from the National Water Commission website at www.nwc.gov.au

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