Water Resources Minister John Kobelke today pointed to Yalgoo’s revolutionary new water treatment plant as a water supply solution for other towns that rely on brackish water for their only drinking source.
Mr Kobelke said that Yalgoo’s new $2million facility, known as a High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis (HERO) plant, was an adaptation of technology patented in the United States to supply ultra-pure water to the electronics industry.
The progress of the new plant will be closely monitored for the next 18 months to determine its suitability for other towns in the Murchison region.
Its distinctive feature is that it recovers 95 per cent of the groundwater pumped into the plant for treatment. A standard small desalination plant recovers only about half of the groundwater that comes into the facility.
The high recovery of water means that groundwater resources are used very efficiently and there are less potential environmental issues because of the major reduction in brine disposal.
The Minister said the Australian developed, designed and manufactured plant was the result of an intensive, five-year program to find a way to treat Yalgoo’s drinking water.
“This is a ground-breaking development that has provided the Yalgoo community with palatable drinking water from an extremely brackish source,” Mr Kobelke said.
“Successfully developing this plant shows desalination technology can be used as effectively on water sources in inland areas as it has been for a new drinking water source for Perth.
“Our drying climate has required the Government to encourage innovative solutions for water supply.
“Yalgoo’s new plant is not only good news for this community but will more than likely provide a realistic supply option for other Murchison towns and towns across Australia that face similar problems with brackish water.
“It also demonstrates our State remains at the cutting edge of water supply development in Australia.”
The new Water Treatment Plant has the capacity to process up to 300,000 litres of water a day, more than sufficient to cater for future growth needs.
In addition to the cost of the treatment plant, the Water Corporation has spent $3million on improving and upgrading other parts of the water supply system in Yalgoo over the last two years.
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