A project which aims to drought-proof the Shire of Brookton’s water supply has received $30,000 in State Government funding as part of the Wheatbelt Regional Development Scheme.
Wheatbelt Minister Kim Chance said the funding would be used to engage a consultant to ensure that sewerage infrastructure was integrated into the shire’s total water management plan.
Mr Chance said one of the main objectives in the short term was to treat excess water from Brookton’s sewage treatment plant so that it could be used to irrigate public open spaces and schools.
“The Shire of Brookton owns and operates its own sewerage infrastructure, in which excess water from the town’s sewage treatment plant currently discharges into the Avon River via overland flow,” he said.
“The shire is planning to treat and pump this excess water to a holding dam to supplement collected storm water.
“It is envisaged that the project will eventually provide a reticulated recycled grey water supply for new residential developments in town.
“The project is designed to ensure that the sewerage scheme will be environmentally sustainable for the next 25 years.
“Through the provision of their own non-potable water for parks and gardens, the result will be a great reduction on the reliance of potable water from the Water Corporation.”
The Wheatbelt Development Commission supports the project as its goals are consistent with the objectives of their Regional Development Scheme.
The commission said the Brookton Integrated Water Management Plan would act as a regional demonstration project for other shires in the Wheatbelt and beyond.
The project had also gained in kind support through the Avon Catchment Council, CBH Ltd and the Department of Education and Training and secured funding through the Federal Government’s Community Water Grants. The total cost of the project was more than $500,000.
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