The iconic Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme (GAWS) is our largest scheme, from Mundaring Weir in the Perth hills to Kalgoorlie.
Our plans to secure drinking water supplies
The Goldfields and Agricultural Region Water Supply Scheme (GAWS) consists of 9,601 kilometres of water mains and services more than 100,000 customers, farms, mines and other enterprises. The main conduit remains one of the longest freshwater pipelines in the world.
We carry out extensive condition assessment of the pipeline network each year, which informs our program to replace and refurbish sections of the pipeline. This program includes pump refurbishments, electrical, mechanical, welding and civil maintenance covering 3 different districts and also the Mundaring Weir and pump station.
Our focus is on maintaining this scheme and supporting the expected population growth in the region into the future. We will continue in the future to increase the efficiency of the GAWS system by:
- upgrading pump stations and assets to supply water more efficiently to the system
- doing preventative maintenance
- enhancing monitoring systems.
Improving our wastewater services
Our existing wastewater systems with some upgrades will enable us to meet growth in the region.
Reducing water use
As water supplied per capita is still higher than desirable we have invested in water efficiency projects to better manage demand. This includes the installation of 'smart meters' in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to help customers track their water use, and an extensive leak detection and repair program which aims to save 1.09 billion litres of water.
Increasing water recycling
Currently around 42% of wastewater is recycled in Goldfields and Agricultural region.
Major activities include:
- BHP industrial recycling scheme
- Merredin public open space irrigation
- Northam racecourse and public open space irrigation
- Activation of projects to assist the Shires to comply with new DoH Recycled Water Guidelines in Mukinbudin, Kellerberrin, Wyalkatchem. These include the installation of chlorinators to be owned and operated by Water Corporation.