Take a spin in the wa­ter cy­cle

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

OCEAN Reef Se­nior High School stu­dents joined Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly to of­fi­cially launch an in­ter­ac­tive hub at the Ground­wa­ter Re­plen­ish­ment Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Craigie re­cently.

The in­ter­ac­tive hub is de­signed to take vis­i­tors on a jour­ney of Perth’s new­est wa­ter source, which turns treated waste­water into drink­ing wa­ter and has been de­vel­oped as a re­sult of the im­pact of cli­mate change. The re­cently-com­pleted dig­i­tal com­po­nents in the hub en­able vis­i­tors to in­ter­act with the wa­ter cy­cle us­ing touch­screens.

The first stage of the ground­wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment scheme in Craigie started recharg­ing re­cy­cled wa­ter in late 2017 and has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 14 bil­lion litres of wa­ter each year. Work is un­der way to ex­pand the scheme’s ca­pac­ity to 28 bil­lion litres of wa­ter a year, enough to sup­ply 100,000 Perth house­holds.

“Perth is the first city in Aus­tralia to in­vest in ground­wa­ter re­plen­ish­ment and I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to take the time to find out more about this in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Kelly said.

To book a tour at the Ground­wa­ter Re­plen­ish­ment Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, visit www.wa­ter­cor­po­ra­tion. com.au. SOR­RENTO stu­dents were recog­nised at the 2018 WA In­no­va­tor of the Year awards.

The team from Sa­cred Heart Col­lege, called AusTrailia, was crowned WA Young In­no­va­tor of the Year for an app which “gam­i­fies” maps.

The team com­prised Year 9 gifted and tal­ented stu­dents Matilda An­thony, Salina Re, Jack Bai­ley and Pas­cale Weera­man­thri, who each won $250, as well as train­ing in­clud­ing men­tor­ing, on­line trail pitch-pre­sen­ta­tion, a legal health check, and ad­vice on busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and finance to help com­mer­cialise their in­no­va­tions.

Matilda thanked all of the peo­ple who had helped on the project.

Dal­main Pri­mary School stu­dents Ben Fourie and Hay­ley Sto­pher check out chem­i­cal re­ac­tions with Kings­ley MLA Jessica Sto­jkovski.

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly with Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion dig­i­tal pro­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor Martin Dacre and Ocean Reef SHS stu­dents.

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