$14m wa­ter sys­tem ready

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

An ad­vanced ef­flu­ent re­use scheme for wa­ter­ing public spa­ces has been fin­ished in Kar­ratha, wrap­ping up a project ex­pected to save money and im­prove the look of lo­cal public spa­ces.

The $14 mil­lion high-grade re­cy­cled wa­ter sys­tem has been in­stalled in all the city’s parks and ovals, sup­ported by the State Government’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram, Land­corp, the City of Kar­ratha, Pin­dan and the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion.

The project’s com­ple­tion was cel­e­brated ear­lier this month with a com­mu­nity day at the Kar­ratha Golf Course, a project to grass the fair­ways of which will be helped by the new retic­u­la­tion sys­tem.

Speak­ing at the event, City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams said the sys­tem had re­placed an out­dated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and was a good in­vest­ment which would lead to big sav­ings on com­mer­cial wa­ter bills for the City.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion North West re­gional man­ager Rino Tro­lio said the sys­tem was a mile­stone for re­gional WA.

“It’s the first that we’ve used in a coun­try re­gion in WA, where we’re us­ing this high­qual­ity re­cy­cled wa­ter, where it’s us­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy,” he said.

“You can ac­tu­ally wa­ter through­out the whole day be­cause it’s safe..

“We’re not re­stricted in our wa­ter­ing time.” The com­pleted sys­tem lays the foun­da­tion for the long-term grass­ing project at the Kar­ratha Golf Club, where the 18th green has been fin­ished.

Kar­ratha Golf Club Grass­ing the Greens com­mit­tee mem­ber Gary Rayson said the green­ing fin­ished so far had al­ready in­creased pa­tron­age at the club on Sun­days and week­days, and the com­mit­tee hoped it would also at­tract more young peo­ple and se­niors, as well as sig­nif­i­cant golf­ing events.

Gary Rayson, Bren­dan Cul­li­nan, Rino Tro­lio, mayor Peter Long and Gary Wieland at the Kar­ratha Golf Club. Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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