We're planning to build 4 water treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra to improve water quality in the Murchison region.
The water treatment plants will use a desalination process called electrodialysis reversal (EDR). EDR technology has been successfully used in regional towns across Australia to improve water quality conditions, reduce nitrate levels and convert over 90% of the treated water into drinking water. It is currently used at the Wiluna and Yalgoo water treatment plants in the Murchison region.
Where is this happening?
Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra.
Why is this work taking place?
Due to underlying rock conditions, water in these towns may be affected by salinity, hardness, nitrates and other undesirably qualities in the groundwater. The new water treatment plants will improve water quality by reducing salinity, nitrates and hardness.
When is this happening?
We’re working with our authorised contractor, Guidera O’Connor, on the design of the treatment plants. At this stage, we expect to begin construction of the first plant in late 2019.
We’ll build each water treatment plant in stages, starting in Mount Magnet in late 2019 and progressing to Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. We expect all plants to be operational by early 2021. This schedule has been determined by each town’s specific plant requirements and available power supply.
How will the plants operate?
Existing Water Corporation assets on the water treatment plant sites will continue to operate using grid power.
As part of our commitment to improved sustainability, solar power and batteries will be installed at the Mount Magnet, Cue and Meekatharra sites. This will minimise the amount of additional grid power required to run the new water treatment plants, including the EDR technology.
A diesel generator will be installed at all sites for additional power support.
Sandstone will also receive two new 200kL water storage tanks and a booster pump station to improve their water storage.
How will this impact the community?
As we progress with planning we will update the project page of any community impacts.
Who can I contact?
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