Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Hon Donna Faragher MEd (Hons) BA (Hons) GradDipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Planning; Disability Services

    Works start on second Swan River oxygenation site

    5/11/2010 12:00 AM

    Environment Minister Donna Faragher today announced the start of works for Perth’s second Swan River oxygenation plant.


    “The construction of the oxygenation plant in Caversham is part of a four-year, $4.5million plan to improve oxygen levels in the Swan and Canning rivers,” Mrs Faragher said.


    The Turbolox oxygenation technology is already operating at Guildford and the second will be installed at the new site in Caversham Avenue.


    Mrs Faragher said its use at Guildford was the first time, anywhere in the world, the technology had been used in an estuary.


    “The Caversham oxygenation site will complement the existing plant and contribute to keeping healthy oxygen levels upstream in the Swan River,” she said.


    “An international review of oxygenation technologies was undertaken to determine the most appropriate technology for the unique situation that the Swan River presents.


    “Under normal operation, the Turbolox system is capable of putting almost a tonne of oxygen into the river daily and this will help maintain a healthy river, providing a better habitat for fish and other aquatic life.”


    The Minister said the Caversham site was chosen because it was an area prone to prolonged periods of low oxygen, sediments had high organic loads and there were deep sections of the river near the plant.


    “Oxygenation of our rivers is one measure in a whole range of actions being undertaken through the Swan River Trust’s Healthy Rivers Program to improve the health of the Swan and Canning rivers,” she said.


    The new site is the fourth oxygenation plant on the Swan and Canning rivers.


    “We continue to look at long-term solutions to improve the health of the Swan and Canning rivers but immediate action is needed to minimise algal blooms and make the rivers a viable environment for water creatures,” Mrs Faragher said.


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