News and Updates

Keep up to date with all the latest project updates and upcoming events and opportunities you can become involved in.

Keep up to date with all the latest project updates and upcoming events and opportunities you can become involved in.

  • Talking to customers on improving water quality in the Murchison

    11 months 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


  • Possible future Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant Project Update June 2018

    11 months ago

    Public comment opens: offshore investigations

    We are planning on completing a seismic survey and core sample drilling to help us understand the offshore geology and where and how the intake and outfall pipelines for the potential plant may be located and installed. During this work, which will involve vessels with specialised equipment and a jack up barge, marine exclusion zones will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and the community.

    We have submitted for the environmental approvals necessary for this work. As part of this approval a public comment period is open until 5 July, 2018. To...

    Public comment opens: offshore investigations

    We are planning on completing a seismic survey and core sample drilling to help us understand the offshore geology and where and how the intake and outfall pipelines for the potential plant may be located and installed. During this work, which will involve vessels with specialised equipment and a jack up barge, marine exclusion zones will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and the community.

    We have submitted for the environmental approvals necessary for this work. As part of this approval a public comment period is open until 5 July, 2018. To find out more about this work you can read an information sheet here. To read our approvals documentation or to submit a public comment visit http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/invitations/ (Reference: 2018/8224)

    Meet the Team: Community conversations at the Sprout Hub

    Members of the investigations team will be at the Sprout Hub café (at Bristlebird Park Providence Drive & Sanderling Street, Alkimos) for informal conversations and a chance to learn more about the feasibility studies.

    Our next sessions will be Thursday, June 28 from 9.30am to 11.30am and Tuesday, July 10 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm You can also call us anytime by contacting Community Engagement Senior Advisor Tarryn Truscott via email to community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au or phoning 9420 3488.

    In the News

    The investigations recently featured in this news article: Public feedback sought on potential Alkimos desalination plant (Source: North Coast Times, 25/5/2018).

    You can also read about how Perth’s desalination plants have contributed to our water supply at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-21/how-perth-dodged-its-own-water-crisis-like-day-zero-in-cape-town/9891472 (Source: ABC)
  • Project update for Murchison towns water quality improvements

    11 months 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 timeframe for this...

    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.


  • Household water treatment trials in Cue have begun!

    over 2 years ago
    • As part of our program, customers in Cue are part of a trial to test the cost-effectiveness and practicality of household water treatment systems

    In Cue, we’ve set up a local customer challenge panel of 18 households, some panel members receiving a free water softener or under sink reverse osmosis unit to trial.

    The systems are now installed and testing is underway, with the trial wrapping up in June 2017. We will receive feedback from the panel via regular surveying over the next five months.

    The trial aims to address specific aesthetic concerns, such as taste and scaling. The results...

    • As part of our program, customers in Cue are part of a trial to test the cost-effectiveness and practicality of household water treatment systems

    In Cue, we’ve set up a local customer challenge panel of 18 households, some panel members receiving a free water softener or under sink reverse osmosis unit to trial.

    The systems are now installed and testing is underway, with the trial wrapping up in June 2017. We will receive feedback from the panel via regular surveying over the next five months.

    The trial aims to address specific aesthetic concerns, such as taste and scaling. The results will help us make a decision on the best way forward for improving water aesthetics in the Murchison and will influence what centralised treatment system we select.