$209k grant to fund new wa­ter sup­ply

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

A $209,568 grant has been awarded to a Gnowangerup com­mu­nity wa­ter project to help build a greener and more re­silient town.

Min­is­ter for Wa­ter Dave Kelly an­nounced the grant last week, which will go to­wards a new ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter sup­ply for the Gnowangerup District High School oval and com­mu­nity gar­dens.

The Wa­ter­ing WA Towns grant re­cip­i­ents are the Gnowangerup Com­mu­nity Church group and the Gnowangerup District High School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion, which are con­tribut­ing a com­bined $134,680 to the project.

Joint project man­ager Mar­got Byrne said the high school P&C had been look­ing at the project for years.

“There’s a new com­mu­nity hub be­ing es­tab­lished by the com­mu­nity church group, and there’s no way to ac­tu­ally have the hub op­er­at­ing un­less we came up with a wa­ter so­lu­tion,” she said. “The P&C of the school have been try­ing to fig­ure out a way to get wa­ter up to the school, so we can ac­tu­ally have some de­cent turf there for the kids to play on, so we joined forces and put the grant for­ward.”

The funds will help build a wa­ter-dis­tri­bu­tion net­work that con­nects and pumps wa­ter from a 17,000kl ca­pac­ity dam not cur­rently used on the west side of town, to dis­tri­bu­tion tanks at the school oval and com­mu­nity gar­dens in the mid­dle of the town.

Stormwa­ter har­vest­ing struc­tures will also be built to cap­ture wa­ter from the roof of the com­mu­nity church and sur­round­ing build­ings to feed into the sup­ply.

“It’s a dual project — now we can have an ef­fec­tive wa­ter catch­ment while si­mul­ta­ne­ously hav­ing a pipe­line run from the school, past the com­mu­nity hub down to the dam that will sup­ply suf­fi­cient wa­ter for the com­mu­nity gar­den hub and the 50sqm of the school oval,” Mrs Byrne said.

“It will al­low us to re­place the turf and put some retic­u­la­tion down be­cause now we have a wa­ter sup­ply to keep it go­ing.”

When com­pleted, the project will re­duce use of drink­ing wa­ter for ir­ri­ga­tion, sav­ing the com­mu­nity about $30,000 a year on scheme wa­ter costs, as well as pro­vid­ing wa­ter for new projects, bring­ing a fur­ther es­ti­mated value of $30,000 a year in wa­ter to the com­mu­nity.

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