Town and farm wa­ter sup­ply projects to share $12.75m

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

Regional com­mu­ni­ties in ar­eas of low rain­fall will re­ceive fund­ing of up to $12.75 mil­lion from the State Govern­ment from mid-2018.

More than $4 mil­lion will con­trib­ute to new or up­graded non­potable wa­ter sup­plies in ru­ral towns and on farms, ful­fill­ing all ap­proved com­mit­ments un­der the the Wa­ter­ing WA Towns and Farms pro­grams.

This in­cludes fund­ing of more than $2.1 mil­lion for eight non­potable wa­ter sup­ply projects in the Shires of Ko­jonup, Won­gan Bal­lidu, Esper­ance, Coorow, Cun­derdin, Broome­hill-Tam­bellup, Toodyay and Bod­ding­ton.

Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Dave Kelly said de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing al­ter­na­tive wa­ter sup­plies was a pri­or­ity for com­mu­ni­ties and farms in these low-rain­fall ar­eas.

“The restora­tion of the Ko­jonup Show­grounds dam and catch­ment will pro­vide an ex­tra 15 mil­lion litres of wa­ter, dou­bling the com­mu­nity’s non-potable wa­ter sup­ply and re­duc­ing use of ex­pen­sive scheme wa­ter,” he said.

“A new fast-flow stand­pipe will pro­vide ac­cess to wa­ter dur­ing fire emer­gen­cies, al­low­ing trucks to fill quickly and re­spond quickly in emer­gen­cies.”

Mr Kelly said the project in Tam­bellup would take ad­van­tage of the large roof catch­ment at the Shire de­pot to har­vest and store wa­ter in two large tanks as a com­mu­nity wa­ter sup­ply.

”Wa­ter will be utilised for a new ve­hi­cle wash-down sys­tem that re­cy­cles 80 per cent of wa­ter, as well as for the hand wa­ter­ing of town­site gar­dens,” he said.

“The tanks will also be ac­ces­si­ble for fire­fight­ing, pro­vid­ing a re­li­able re­source in the event of an emer­gency.”

Funds will also cover con­tri­bu­tions of up to $20,000 for on-farm wa­ter sup­ply projects on 127 farms.

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