$24 million Murchison water quality program reaches first milestone

  • Advanced water treatment plant installed in Mount Magnet to dramatically improve water quality
  • Construction progressing well on advanced water treatment plants for Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra
  • Project creating 60 local jobs in the Mid-West region
  • McGowan Government has invested $140 million in Mid-West water projects since mid-2017
  • Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced the completion of the first of four new advanced water treatment plants in the Murchison, as part of a $24 million commitment to improving water quality in the region. 

    Installed at Mount Magnet, the plant uses a process called electrodialysis reversal (EDR) to reduce naturally occurring nitrate and salinity in local groundwater sources.

    Similar plants in Cue and Sandstone are expected to be completed early next year, with Meekatharra to be commissioned by late 2021.

    It follows the success of EDR plants at Yalgoo and Wiluna, where nitrate levels have reduced by 75 per cent.

    The Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra plants will be powered by renewable energy, helping to reduce carbon emissions, lower operating costs, and allowing sites to remain online during network power outages.

    The entire project is expected to create around 100 Western Australian jobs, including 60 for workers in the Mid-West.

    Since mid-2017, the McGowan Government has invested $140 million in new water infrastructure in the Mid-West. A further $94.6 million has been allocated to water supply projects across the region over the next four years.

    The Minister today also announced the extension of water-saving support to Mount Magnet residents through Water Corporation’s 2020-21 Waterwise Towns Program. Among the available offers is Showerhead Swap – a free program allowing residents to exchange two old, inefficient showerheads for waterwise alternatives.

    Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra will be added to the program on completion of each community’s EDR plant. To learn more information, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers

    As stated by Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    “This important project represents a $24 million commitment by the McGowan Government towards improving water quality for communities in the Murchison region, and I would like to thank residents for their continued support throughout the planning, design and construction process.

    “The technology being used has proved incredibly effective in other communities at reducing salinity and nitrate levels.

    “It’s exciting to see the project take shape with completion of the Mount Magnet plant. This will be followed soon by those in Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra where construction is progressing well.”  

    As stated by Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn:

    “Water security is vital, particularly in regional WA.

    “This project goes a long way to securing better quality water for these remote towns.

    “It’s very encouraging to see the strong use of renewable energy and innovation that has been utilised throughout this project.

    “It’s critical to see local jobs supported by projects from the State Government, and this project has provided that value to the entire region with 60 out of 100 new jobs created being based in the Mid-West.”

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