Sup­port seen for re­cy­cled drink­ing wa­ter

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

A SUR­VEY has re­vealed Perth res­i­dents are still will­ing to em­brace new sources of drink­ing wa­ter.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion cus­tomer and com­mu­nity gen­eral man­ager Cather­ine Fer­rari said the re­cent cor­po­ra­tion-com­mis­sioned sur­vey showed seven out of 10 peo­ple sup­ported us­ing re­cy­cled wa­ter for drink­ing, once the process was ex­plained.

“Aus­tralia’s first full-scale ground­wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment scheme (at Craigie) is now over half way through its con­struc­tion and will be com­plete by the end of next year,” she said.

Ms Fer­rari said the process in­volved tak­ing treated waste­water and fur­ther treat­ing it to strict drink­ing wa­ter stan­dards be­fore recharg­ing it into ground­wa­ter sup­plies.

The wa­ter re­mained there for many years be­fore be­ing ex­tracted for fur­ther treat­ment as drink­ing wa­ter.

Ms Fer­rari said re­cy­cled wa­ter would be­come the next new “cli­mate in­de­pen­dent wa­ter source” for Perth, and fol­lowed a three­year trial com­pleted in 2012.

“We wel­comed about 11,000 visi­tors at the site in Craigie and the process was fully ex­plained be­cause we ap­pre­ci­ated how im­por­tant it was to in­volve the com­mu­nity in this jour­ney,” she said.

“Perth peo­ple understand that we live in a very dry cli­mate and we can no longer rely on rain­fall to fill up our dams.”

Ms Fer­rari said the cor­po­ra­tion would con­tinue to in­form the com­mu­nity about wa­ter re­cy­cling and its long-term ben­e­fits to Perth’s drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply. DID YOU KNOW

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion has sur­veyed com­mu­nity at­ti­tudes on re­cy­cling wa­ter since 2009.

Craigie re­plen­ish­ment scheme con­struc­tion ex­pected to cost more than $120 mil­lion.

Ground­wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment could sup­ply up to 20 per cent of Perth’s drink­ing wa­ter by 2060.

Craigie project mod­elled on Cal­i­for­nia’s Or­ange County scheme that sup­plies about 50 per cent of the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey, Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan and in­spec­tors Vic Hussey and Rob Har­ri­son at the po­lice fo­rum at The Rise in May­lands last week.

Aerial view of the ground­wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment scheme at Craigie.

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