Improving Water Quality in the Murchison

Water Corporation is progressing a $16 million program to build water treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. The new water treatment plants will reduce the naturally high levels of salinity and nitrates in the water and improve scaling and hardness.

A desalination process called electrodialysis reversal (EDR) will be used at the four water treatment plants. EDR technology has been successfully used in regional towns across Australia to improve water quality conditions, reduce nitrate levels and convert over 90% of the treated water into drinking water. It is currently used at the Wiluna and Yalgoo water treatment plants in the Murchison region.

In August 2018, Guidera O’Connor was appointed as the project contractor and we expect to begin construction of the first plant in mid-2019.

We thank the community for their interest in this project, which will now progress into the final design and delivery phase.

For future project updates, we encourage you to visit our website or email murchison@watercorporation.com.au



Water Corporation is progressing a $16 million program to build water treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. The new water treatment plants will reduce the naturally high levels of salinity and nitrates in the water and improve scaling and hardness.

A desalination process called electrodialysis reversal (EDR) will be used at the four water treatment plants. EDR technology has been successfully used in regional towns across Australia to improve water quality conditions, reduce nitrate levels and convert over 90% of the treated water into drinking water. It is currently used at the Wiluna and Yalgoo water treatment plants in the Murchison region.

In August 2018, Guidera O’Connor was appointed as the project contractor and we expect to begin construction of the first plant in mid-2019.

We thank the community for their interest in this project, which will now progress into the final design and delivery phase.

For future project updates, we encourage you to visit our website or email murchison@watercorporation.com.au



  • Guidera O’Connor appointed as contractor

    about 1 year ago

    In August 2018, Guidera O’Connor was appointed as the authorised contractor for this project. Water Corporation will work with Guidera O’Connor to progress the design of the four treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. We expect to begin construction of the first plant in mid-2019.

    Each water treatment plant will be built in stages, starting in Mount Magnet in mid-2019 and progressing to Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. At this stage, we expect all plants to be operational by mid/late 2020.

    This schedule has been determined by each town’s specific plant requirements and available power supply.

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    In August 2018, Guidera O’Connor was appointed as the authorised contractor for this project. Water Corporation will work with Guidera O’Connor to progress the design of the four treatment plants in Mount Magnet, Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. We expect to begin construction of the first plant in mid-2019.

    Each water treatment plant will be built in stages, starting in Mount Magnet in mid-2019 and progressing to Cue, Sandstone and Meekatharra. At this stage, we expect all plants to be operational by mid/late 2020.

    This schedule has been determined by each town’s specific plant requirements and available power supply.


  • Talking to customers on improving water quality in the Murchison

    over 1 year ago
    Wc team in murchison %28resized for ehq%29 april 2018

    We took a road trip to talk to communities and councils last month as part of our project to improve water quality in the Murchison region.

    Over two days in April, our Board Chairman Mike Hollett and CEO Sue Murphy joined members of the Mid West Region team including Regional Manager Steve Greeve and Stakeholder Manager John D’Arcy in the road trip to consult with communities and shire CEOs in the region.

    “Mike and Sue’s presence was important as part of the consultation process, and showed our strong commitment to the success of the project," Steve said.

    "They were able...

    We took a road trip to talk to communities and councils last month as part of our project to improve water quality in the Murchison region.

    Over two days in April, our Board Chairman Mike Hollett and CEO Sue Murphy joined members of the Mid West Region team including Regional Manager Steve Greeve and Stakeholder Manager John D’Arcy in the road trip to consult with communities and shire CEOs in the region.

    “Mike and Sue’s presence was important as part of the consultation process, and showed our strong commitment to the success of the project," Steve said.

    "They were able to have face to face conversations with the local people and council representatives speaking about their experience and motivations for getting the new plants up and running.”

    The project will see the construction of centralised water treatment plants in Meekatharra, Cue, Mount Magnet and Sandstone that will use electro dialysis reversal (EDR) water treatment systems.

    Last year we invited experts in water treatment to propose solutions to meet the needs of the region’s remote and challenging operating environment, and chose an EDR-based system which incorporates an advanced membrane technology process that uses ion movement to desalinate water.

    Image: Team from Water Corporation visiting communities and councils in the Murchison, April 2018


  • Project update on Murchison towns water quality improvements

    over 1 year ago

    Water Corporation is progressing work to improve water quality in the communities of Cue, Sandstone, Meekatharra and Mount Magnet through installation of advanced water treatment plants in each town.

    The advanced water treatment reduces the naturally high levels of salinity and nitrates that occur in groundwater across the Murchison and will improve aesthetic characteristics such as scaling and hardness.

    We have been working through detailed planning and design for the project to ensure these towns receive the highest quality water the plants can produce.

    The treatment plants will be installed by mid-2020, which is within our original...

    Water Corporation is progressing work to improve water quality in the communities of Cue, Sandstone, Meekatharra and Mount Magnet through installation of advanced water treatment plants in each town.

    The advanced water treatment reduces the naturally high levels of salinity and nitrates that occur in groundwater across the Murchison and will improve aesthetic characteristics such as scaling and hardness.

    We have been working through detailed planning and design for the project to ensure these towns receive the highest quality water the plants can produce.

    The treatment plants will be installed by mid-2020, which is within our original timeframe for this project.

  • Media release

    about 2 years ago

    Media release from Water Corporation announcing water quality improvements in the Murchison.

    Media release can be found here https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us/news/media-statements/media-release/new-treatment-to-improve-water-quality-in-four-murchison-towns

    Media release from Water Corporation announcing water quality improvements in the Murchison.

    Media release can be found here https://www.watercorporation.com.au/about-us/news/media-statements/media-release/new-treatment-to-improve-water-quality-in-four-murchison-towns

  • Meet the Team

    almost 3 years ago

    Meet the team behind the work in Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone:

    • Stephen Greeve - Regional Manager Mid West
    • Ian Bierman - Senior Project Manager
    • Damon Howes - Principal Engineer
    • Andrew Wyber - Water Quality (Risk)
    • Matt Bowman - Water Quality (Treatment)
    • Alice Lancaster - Community Engagement Officer

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Meet the team behind the work in Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone:

    • Stephen Greeve - Regional Manager Mid West
    • Ian Bierman - Senior Project Manager
    • Damon Howes - Principal Engineer
    • Andrew Wyber - Water Quality (Risk)
    • Matt Bowman - Water Quality (Treatment)
    • Alice Lancaster - Community Engagement Officer

    We look forward to hearing from you!