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Securing water supplies for Western Australia.



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Senator the Hon. Penny Wong Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water Securing water supplies for Western Australia

Media release 9 June 2010 PW 135/10

Future water security for communities in Western Australia will be strengthened under plans to upgrade and support the roll-out of key infrastructure.

Federal Minister for Water Senator Penny Wong today announced $33 million for projects that will help communities reduce their reliance on rainfall, diversify current water supplies, and use water more wisely.

Two West Australian water corporations and one local council will implement the projects.

Projects that will be supported include:

• Key infrastructure to help expand Southern Seawater Desalination Plant’s future capacity to produce drinking water from 50 billion litres a year to 100 billion litres. A larger pumping station and pipeline to take additional seawater to the plant will be constructed with this funding;

• Comprehensive water conservation and leak reduction programs for five regions throughout WA to improve water security; • Increasing the capacity of stormwater storage and reuse in the town of Merredin, and; • Installation of smart metering technology throughout Busselton to reduce pipeline

leakages and help the local community better manage their water use.

Minister for Water Senator Penny Wong said the projects would help secure water supplies for WA residents and businesses.

"We know urban water supplies in WA are under increasing pressure," Senator Wong said.

CSIRO’s recent sustainable yields study predicts south-west WA will face the risk of a one-quarter reduction in water availability by 2030, relative to the last 30 years.

"Now is the time to invest in new ways of securing our water supplies, while helping West Australian communities and businesses use water more wisely.

"That’s why the Rudd Government has invested more than $1 billion to diversify our urban water supplies through a range of projects, including desalination, stormwater harvesting and water recycling."

Funding for the projects has been provided under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, key components of the Federal Government’s long-term Water for the Future initiative.

For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water

Successful Western Australia applicants under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and National Urban Water and Desalination Plan

Proponent Project title

Funding ($)

National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns

Western Australia Water Corporation

Kimberley Integrated Water Efficiency Project $1,850,000 Great Southern Integrated Water Efficiency Project $4,050,000 West Pilbara Integrated Water Efficiency Project $4,050,000 Goldfields Integrated Water Efficiency Project $2,150,000 East Pilbara Integrated Water Efficiency Project $1,550,000

Shire of Merredin Increasing Merredin’s Storm Water Holding Capacity and Minimising Evaporation Water Losses project $410,679 Busselton Water Busselton Water Meter Reading Retrofit Project $763,228 National Urban Water and Desalination Plan Western Australia Water Corporation

Southern Seawater Desalination Plant $18,400,000

TOTAL $33,223,907