Project goal:

To ensure the Woodman Point Water Resource Recovery Facility continues to support the growing population in the catchment area.

Status:

Planning

Delivery Date:

Capacity upgrade: Completed in 2020

Sludge treatment upgrade: 2024

What's happening?

We finished upgrading the Woodman Point Water Resource Recovery Facility in 2020, which increased its treatment capacity to up to 180 megalitres per day to cater for population growth. The upgrade also included improvements to the facility’s odour control system.

It's now time to upgrade Woodman Point’s sludge processing system and expand its capacity to produce valuable biosolids for industrial and agricultural use. This will involve replacing existing equipment and constructing new state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Where is this happening?

All work will take place at the Woodman Point Water Resource Recovery Facility in Munster.

Why is this work taking place?

You may already know that valuable resources are recovered from used water at our water resource recovery facilities and recycled for other uses. These resources may include water, biogas and biosolids. Biosolids are produced from the solid material we separate from the liquid as part of the used water treatment process. This solid material known as sludge is further treated and used as fertiliser in broad-acre crops such as wheat, oat, canola, lupins and in forestry applications. We aim to recover 100% of this valuable resource within the Perth metro region.

A by-product of this process is biogas which can also be used as a source of energy either onsite or within other industries.

When is this happening?

The main upgrade and expansion to Woodman Point was completed in 2020. Construction on the sludge upgrade project will begin in late-2022 and is expected to be completed in late-2024. Commissioning and testing of the new system will take several months and we expect it to become fully operational in 2025.

How will this impact the community?

As all construction will take place within the Woodman Point Water Resource Recovery Facility, we expect impacts to the local community to be minimal.

Vehicle movements: You may notice a temporary increase in trucks and equipment moving into and out of the facility from Cockburn Road during normal work hours.

Local water and wastewater services: Your water and wastewater services won’t be impacted at all by this work.

Noise and vibration: We don’t expect any noise or vibration impacts to nearby residents or businesses.

Temporary odour: There may be temporary odour impacts at specific times throughout the work. These will be kept to a minimum and we will notify the local community ahead of time.

Visual impacts: Some new infrastructure will be constructed as part of the sludge upgrade which may be visible from some nearby locations. These preliminary artist’s impressions have been developed to indicate what you might be able to see from seven different surrounding locations. These will be updated following a more detailed design process in late-2022.

Pinnacle Road near Mast Way, Coogee

Mayor Road near Apium Mews, Lake Coogee

Western side of Ingrilli Court, Lake Coogee

View Street near East Churchill Avenue, Beeliar

Coogee Road north of Hobsons Avenue, Lake Coogee

Russell Road, west of Anderson Road, Henderson

How can I stay informed about the project?

This webpage will be kept updated throughout the project. If you have any additional queries, please contact Carina Harris, Senior Advisor – Community Engagement:

Learn more about how our water resource recovery facilities and wastewater treatment plants work.

Hydrogen Commercial Demonstration Plant

What is happening?

We have partnered with Hazer Group Limited to construct and operate a Hydrogen Commercial Demonstration Plant next to our existing Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, inside the plant’s boundary.

The plant will convert methane, a bi-product of the wastewater treatment process, to hydrogen and graphite (carbon) using a technology developed out of the University of Western Australia. Hazer aims to produce commercial quantities of hydrogen and carbon, whilst reducing overall emissions, to support the commercialisation of the technology.

Water Corporation supports the Commercial Demonstration Plant as a future endeavour to reduce its carbon footprint and extract value from waste resources.

Further information on Hazer Group Ltd is available here – www.hazergroup.com.au

When is this happening?

Construction of the Plant will commence mid-March and take approximately seven months to complete. The Commercial Demonstration Plant is expected to operate for three years before being re-assessed.

How will this impact me?

As with any construction activities, minor increases in dust and noise are expected. Mitigation strategies are in place to minimise these as much as possible. You may also notice an increase in traffic near the Cockburn Road entrance to the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant during construction.

Once the construction of the plant is completed you may notice that the top of the plant is visible from Lake Coogee. During design of the demonstration plant, every effort was made to reduce the visual amenity impact, including sinking the plant and ensuring structures are painted to blend in to the environment as much as possible.

Further information?

Hazer Group and Water Corporation will continue to keep the community informed of the development of the plant. For further information or queries please contact Jess Moloney-Christie on 9420 2883 and Jess.Moloney-Christie@watercorporation.com.au

Community Reference Group

The Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Community Reference Group is a dedicated volunteer group that represents community members living in close proximity to the plant. The group is independently chaired and meets regularly to provide community insight and feedback to inform our operations. If you would like more information, or to contact the group, please email community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

Carina Harris, Community Engagement Advisor

Phone icon (08) 9420 2278

Email icon carina.harris@watercorporation.com.au