A new $15million water treatment plant in Wyndham will ensure that the community has an all-year-round quality water supply, Water Resources Minister John Kobelke said today.
Most importantly, the facility will improve water supply security following cyclones and other periods of extreme rainfall.
Mr Kobelke opened the new plant in Wyndham today and said that closure of the dam from cyclones would now be rare, rather than common.
“In the past, heavy downpours have washed mud and silt into Moochalabra Dam, resulting in the water becoming cloudy, often resulting in the closure of the supply for a period,” he said.
“When this happened, water had to be transported from Kununurra.
“The job of the new treatment plant is to significantly improve water quality from Moochalabra Dam following these downpours allowing it to continue to supply Wyndham with their drinking water throughout the year no matter what the conditions.”
The $15million package of works included construction of the water treatment plant, modification of the water supply network, installing new pumps at Moochalabra Dam pump station and a new pipeline to the Mount Dixon Tank.
It included a new pump station, membrane filtration plant, disinfection facilities comprising ultra violet and chlorine dosing, and a water storage tank.
The Minister said an added benefit was the creation of a new full-time operator position based in Wyndham and employed by the Water Corporation.
In February 2007, a temporary ultrafiltration water treatment plant was connected to improve water quality until the newly commissioned plant was built.
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