Water Corporation is planning to build 4 water treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra as part of a $16 million project to improve water quality.
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 mid 2019.
We’ll build each water treatment plant in stages, starting in Mount Magnet in mid 2019 and progressing to Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. We expect all plants to be operational by late 2020. This schedule has been determined by each town’s specific plant requirements and available power supply.
How will this impact the community?
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 all 4 sites to minimise the amount of additional grid power required to run the new water treatment plants.
While Mount Magnet has sufficient power available to run the new plant, additional solar and battery power is required to operate the EDR technology at the Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra water treatment plants.
A diesel generator will also be installed at the Cue, Meekatharra and Sandstone 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.
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