Water Minister Mia Davies today announced completion of a $2.8 million upgrade of the Jurien Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant to meet the growing needs of the popular tourist destination.

Ms Davies said the Water Corporation's upgrade - increasing the treatment capacity from 150,000 litres per day to 300,000 - would cater for future growth and the significant spikes in the town's wastewater flows during peak summer periods.

"Due to the popularity of Jurien Bay over summer, the daily volume treated at the plant can increase by up to 50 per cent," she said.

"The upgrades mean the plant now has the capacity to treat up to 300,000 litres of wastewater per day, sustainably catering for peak summer periods and population growth.

"Jurien Bay has been identified as a future SuperTown, with potential to host a population of up to 20,000 people.

"This upgrade is particularly important to underpin sustainable growth of this regional centre given Jurien Bay is in an environmentally sensitive coastal location.

"This is likely to be the first of a series of staged plant upgrades."

The Minister said the corporation had delivered the upgrade a month ahead of schedule and under budget.

Fact File

  • Upgrade duplicated primary and secondary treatment ponds, added two infiltration ponds, an overflow basin, wastewater receiving and treated discharge facilities, three bores to monitor discharge infiltration, plus site fencing and access road improvements
  • Upgraded plant caters for planned and future new developments in the environmentally sensitive coastal community
  • All construction was on existing corporation land two kilometres east of township

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