Groundwater replenishment scheme recognised

The State Government's pioneering groundwater replenishment scheme has been judged as one of the best water innovations in the world after picking up a bronze award at last week's biennial International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The State Government’s pioneering groundwater replenishment scheme has been judged as one of the best water innovations in the world after picking up a bronze award at last week’s biennial International Water Association (IWA) Project Innovation Awards in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Water Corporation‘s Beenyup facility in Craigie was in the top three projects (out of 203 entries from 52 countries) in the ‘Exceptional Project Execution and Delivery’ category.

The prestigious industry recognition follows the commissioning last month of the McGowan Government’s $320 million expansion of the scheme, doubling its long-term capacity up to 28 billion litres yearly – enough water to supply up to 100,000 Perth households.

Groundwater replenishment is an energy-efficient, sustainable and safe way to recycle large volumes of water naturally.

Groundwater replenishment scheme provides more water for WA

The process takes highly treated wastewater and purifies it beyond drinking water standards. It is then banked in deep underground aquifers until it is needed years later.

In 2010, Water Corporation was the first utility in Australia to start trialling groundwater replenishment. Since then, the scheme has recycled around 60 billion litres of water.

Groundwater replenishment now accounts for around four per cent of Perth’s drinking water supply. Water Corporation aims to recycle more than a third (35 per cent) of treated wastewater by 2035.

To learn more about groundwater replenishment, visit www.watercorporation.com.au/GWR

Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

“Water Corporation’s recognition in the top three globally is a fantastic recognition for its innovative groundwater replenishment scheme.

“This pioneering initiative sustainably replenishes our precious groundwater supplies. It is the culmination of 15 years of groundbreaking work including research and trials.

“Climate change is making water supply resilience one of the biggest challenges we face here in WA. The Government’s recent $320 million expansion of the groundwater replenishment scheme will provide a more sustainable water future for Western Australians.”

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