$998,643 grant to help secure Esperance's non-potable water supply
Diversified water infrastructure facilitating liveable and productive country towns
$30 million Watering WA grants made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions
Water Minister Mia Davies today announced $998,643 would be made available to the Shire of Esperance to replace eight kilometres of aged irrigation pipework infrastructure.
Speaking in Esperance, Ms Davies said the funding was made available through the Liberal National Government's Watering WA Towns program and would allow Esperance to continue to provide fit-for-purpose water to irrigate 38 hectares of public open space in the town's eastern suburbs.
"This non-potable water supply scheme was originally installed more than 30 years ago and draws on a mix of treated wastewater and groundwater," she said.
"Replacing this piping infrastructure will enable the Shire to continue to use large volumes of fit-for-purpose water to irrigate extensive areas of public open space, playgrounds, and educational and sporting facilities which are enjoyed by many of the local people.
"If this system was reliant on scheme water, it would cost the Shire in excess of $450,000 to irrigate existing green spaces. When works are completed, the volume of water delivered will increase from 200 million to 306 million litres, which is sufficient to meet projected demands now and into the future and cost around $138,000 annually to operate."
The Watering WA initiative is made possible by a $30 million investment from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said providing greater security around water availability in regional WA would support the viability of farming operations and liveability of regional communities.
"The Watering WA initiative puts in place innovative and sustainable whole-of-water cycle management to facilitate strategies for the long-term growth and development of regional WA," Mr Redman said.
"I look forward to seeing the Esperance community continue to enjoy the increased public amenity and recreation opportunities through their productive use of non-potable water."
Watering WA is the State's single biggest investment in regional non-drinking water projects to make hundreds of millions of litres of fit-for-purpose water available for maintaining sports grounds and public spaces, industry supply, and emergency livestock and firefighting purposes.
The six-year program is funding expanded grants and rebates for local governments, farmers, community groups and businesses to co-invest in new and improved infrastructure to better harvest, store, treat and distribute underutilised water sources.
Watering WA Towns accelerates the Community Water Supply Program, which has funded 120 projects worth $5.5 million in dryland agricultural communities since 1995, by increasing grants from a maximum of $100,000 up to $2 million for infrastructure
Watering WA Farms expands the Department of Water's Farm Water Rebate Scheme to include farms connected to scheme water - with more than $36 million spent building capacity on more than 3,900 farms not connected to scheme water since 1995
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