Western Australia- Desalination trial to improve rural and regional water securityFour desalination units to be built to test desalination techn...Western Australia- Desalination trial to improve rural and regional water security
Four desalination units to be built to test desalination technology and brine disposal for on-farm application
WaterSmart Farms project improving climate resilience of WA farms and benefiting community water supplies
Three community desalination units will be built to test desalination technology from the State Government's WaterSmart Farms initiative, which is providing $400,000 funding to support research to build climate resilience and enhance sustainable community water supplies.
A brackish water desalination unit will be installed in Katanning this summer as part of a network of demonstration sites to examine how the technology can help overcome seasonal variability, reduce reliance on scheme water and support community development.
The Katanning unit will supply 30 kilolitres per day of fresh water to augment services for three local parks, as well as other town infrastructure.
This summer a 100 kL/day desalinisation unit will be installed at Merredin to service farm and town water needs, while a new 10 kL/day salty groundwater system at Dumbleyung will service farm and town water supplies, as well as underpin repairs to the town's swimming pool.
A further 30 kL/day brackish water off grid reverse osmosis unit will be installed at the Wongutha Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School at Esperance, as part of a collaboration with the Australian Government's National Water Grid Authority.
Desalination units use a reverse osmosis process to remove salt and impurities from groundwater to produce fresh water, suitable for livestock, crop spraying, horticulture and garden use.