Town and farm water supply projects to share $12.75m
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.