Southern Seawater Desalination Plant

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is located in Binningup and is the second desalination plant supplying water to Perth.

The Southern Seawater Desalination Plant is located in Binningup, in the State’s south west and started production in 2013. It produces 100 billion litres of fresh drinking water a year (about 1/3 of Perth’s total water needs). Major upgrades were made to the southern section of Perth’s water supply (the Integrated Water Supply Scheme) to deliver the water into the system and on to customers. This included additional pipelines and building a new pumping station.

Renewable energy

Since production commenced in 2013, we have purchased energy from a wind farm and solar farm near Geraldton. The wind and solar farm were developed on the back of a long term energy purchase agreement associated with the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant.

Community involvement

Water Corporation continues to work with the Binningup community, who played an integral role during the planning and construction of the plant. A Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established to enhance communications between our project team and the communities of Binningup and Myalup.
In consultation with the CRG, two important documents were developed: a commitments register detailing the commitments made by Water Corporation to the community during plant construction; and a social impact management plan that looked closer at the potential construction and operational impacts and mitigation measures.

Commitments register

Social Impact Management Plan

A Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established to enhance communications between our project team and the communities of Binningup and Myalup.

The CRG meets annually (or as required) and acts as a forum for community concerns to be discussed and for solutions to be developed.

Local community members are encouraged to speak to their community representatives on the CRG, who can bring their concerns to the meeting.

To contact the CRG email community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

Community Reference Group – Terms of Reference

Reports

Copies of our recent annual performance compliance reports and marine monitoring reports are available here. Earlier reports have been archived and are available on request. Copies of report appendices and earlier reports can be made available by contacting environment@watercorporation.com.au.