Building the Denmark pipeline

Denmark is currently reliant on rainfall into Quickup Dam as its main drinking water source.

To secure Denmark's water supply, we are building a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

This option was outlined in our long term planning strategy Water Forever 2010 following extensive community consultation.

Visit our website for more information on other water source options considered for Denmark.


How can you get involved in the pipeline project?

Impacted landowners

The construction and pipeline route will be located outside of Denmark and will not directly impact residents in town. All impacted landowners, government agencies and regulators have already been contacted and we will continue to work with them through the approvals process.

Interested community members

This page is for you! We encourage you to subscribe on this page to receive project updates, ask a question in our Ask Us section, provide feedback on the proposed pipeline route or register your interest in subcontractor opportunities.

Please also let us know if you have any local events, community group meetings, social media pages or newsletters you would like us to update on the project.

Community information sessions and events

Thank you to everyone who came along to our February information sessions to learn more about the pipeline project and register for Waterwise Denmark water saving programs.

We've received some great feedback and will use this to plan future events to keep you updated on the project.


What else are you doing in Denmark?

Water efficiency offers are available to Denmark residents including showerhead swaps, irrigation system checks, plumbing checks and rainwater tank rebates.

For more information on our water efficiency offers and other plans for Denmark's water supply, visit our website.

To secure Denmark's water supply, we are building a 43km pipeline to connect Denmark to our Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme.

This option was outlined in our long term planning strategy Water Forever 2010 following extensive community consultation.

Visit our website for more information on other water source options considered for Denmark.


How can you get involved in the pipeline project?

Impacted landowners

The construction and pipeline route will be located outside of Denmark and will not directly impact residents in town. All impacted landowners, government agencies and regulators have already been contacted and we will continue to work with them through the approvals process.

Interested community members

This page is for you! We encourage you to subscribe on this page to receive project updates, ask a question in our Ask Us section, provide feedback on the proposed pipeline route or register your interest in subcontractor opportunities.

Please also let us know if you have any local events, community group meetings, social media pages or newsletters you would like us to update on the project.

Community information sessions and events

Thank you to everyone who came along to our February information sessions to learn more about the pipeline project and register for Waterwise Denmark water saving programs.

We've received some great feedback and will use this to plan future events to keep you updated on the project.


What else are you doing in Denmark?

Water efficiency offers are available to Denmark residents including showerhead swaps, irrigation system checks, plumbing checks and rainwater tank rebates.

For more information on our water efficiency offers and other plans for Denmark's water supply, visit our website.

  • (29/1) McGowan Government on track to secure drinking water supply through new pipeline in Denmark

    30 days ago
    • Minister updates Denmark community on water security plans at public meeting
    • In 2019 Denmark experienced one of the driest years on record
    • Proposed Albany to Denmark pipeline route now available

    The project to secure Denmark's long term water security has reached an important milestone this week with the proposed route of the pipeline released to the community for feedback.

    The pipeline will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) in Albany.

    The proposed route will see the pipeline connect to the LGSTWSS at the Chorkerup Tank, 30 kilometres north of Albany, then follow the road...

    • Minister updates Denmark community on water security plans at public meeting
    • In 2019 Denmark experienced one of the driest years on record
    • Proposed Albany to Denmark pipeline route now available

    The project to secure Denmark's long term water security has reached an important milestone this week with the proposed route of the pipeline released to the community for feedback.

    The pipeline will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) in Albany.

    The proposed route will see the pipeline connect to the LGSTWSS at the Chorkerup Tank, 30 kilometres north of Albany, then follow the road reserve west along Wilcox Road, Redmond Road West, Kernutts Road, and a small section of Denmark-Mount Barker Road, connecting to the existing tank supplying water to Denmark at Scotsdale.

    A local ecologist assisted in the development of the proposed route, conducting surveys of flora and fauna, and advising on issues such as rare flora identification, dieback and hygiene management plans and black cockatoo habitats. Landowners along the route have also been extensively consulted and helped identify the proposed route.

    In September 2019, the McGowan Government took the necessary and urgent action to begin planning the pipeline in response to declining rainfall from climate change. The impacts mean the town's local dams can no longer be relied upon to supply the town in the longer term.

    Minister Kelly updated Denmark residents on the project at a public meeting hosted by the Shire of Denmark last night (28 January). The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Shire of Denmark, Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

    The McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is working with Denmark residents and businesses to help keep water use in check through the Waterwise Denmark Program. This Program includes a free showerhead swap and a free home plumbing check to find and repair household leaks.

    The community can provide feedback to the Water Corporation on the proposed pipeline route via its online engagement portal.

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    "Denmark continues to be impacted by climate change, with the town experiencing one of the lowest rainfall years on record in 2019.

    "The continued decline in rainfall led to the decision to build a pipeline to connect the town to a wider scheme and will be the best way to secure water in the longer term.

    "Water Corporation has also been working closely with the Denmark community since September to look at ways of saving water, and the response has been outstanding.

    "I welcomed the opportunity to update residents last night on our plans to secure Denmark's water supply, and congratulate everyone that has embraced the waterwise message.

    "The Water Corporation now has a proposed pipeline route which the community can now provide their feedback on.

    "I'm pleased that the proposed route has minimal impact on the local environment, with the proposed route fully along existing firebreaks, road reserves and open paddocks.

    "The Water Corporation will continue to consult with the Shire of Denmark, City of Albany and community as plans continue to progress over the coming months."

    Comments attributed to South West Region MLC Dr Sally Talbot:

    "Last night's meeting showed how passionate Denmark people are about finding the right solution to securing our water supply.

    "With the proposed pipeline route now available for public comment, I join the Minister in encouraging people to have their say.

    "It's vital that we make these decisions based on the best science and advice available and it was good to see the community and the Government sharing information at last night's meeting."

    Minister's office - 6552 6100


  • (6/11/2019) Denmark Ag College students are water saving legends

    about 1 month ago
    Showerhead photo

    A showerhead trial completed by Denmark Agricultural College student Jane Thompson has resulted in a remarkable reduction in water use at the college.

    With almost 40 showerheads on site over two dormitories and five separate residences, the trial showed that by switching to lower flow rate showerheads as well as dual flushing toilets, the college would save around 12,000 litres of water per day.

    Certificate III in Agriculture student Jane Thompson said she initially undertook the project as part of the “Conservation” component of her course.

    “The plan was to purchase some different water saving shower heads, have them installed...

    A showerhead trial completed by Denmark Agricultural College student Jane Thompson has resulted in a remarkable reduction in water use at the college.

    With almost 40 showerheads on site over two dormitories and five separate residences, the trial showed that by switching to lower flow rate showerheads as well as dual flushing toilets, the college would save around 12,000 litres of water per day.

    Certificate III in Agriculture student Jane Thompson said she initially undertook the project as part of the “Conservation” component of her course.

    “The plan was to purchase some different water saving shower heads, have them installed in the dorms, and then survey students to find out what they thought was the best option,” Ms Thompson said.

    With the support of the college, and after significant research about the latest showerhead technology, Ms Thompson decided to trial two different showerheads. One was a 4.5 litre a minute showerhead purchased from a local hardware store and the other a 7.5 litre a minute showerhead ordered from a supplier overseas.

    “We were all surprised by the results,” said Ms Thompson. “The lower flow rate shower head was the popular choice amongst students because the water pressure felt better than the other one, while both were preferred than just having timed showers.”

    Denmark Agricultural College Residential Manager Kelli Gillies said there had been a major cultural shift around water use since the installation of sub-meters by Water Corporation for each of the dormitories around two years ago.

    “From the moment we were able to show the students exactly how much water they were using, they have been looking for ways to save water and make a real difference,” said Ms Gillies.

    Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said the Water Corporation was happy to fund the installation of the new showerheads for the college after the trial as the initiative was an investment to save water.

    “When a high user of water with shared facilities like the Denmark Agricultural College comes to us with a significant water saving proposal, we will certainly consider assisting with costs because it benefits everybody,” Mr Stewart said.

    Another water conservation analysis is under way at the college, with student Ben Goldsmith measuring the effectiveness of collecting water from the large roof covering the gym and dining hall.

    His results will help determine the potential water savings and subsequent cost effectiveness of installing a tank, pump, pipes and filtration system to service toilets and the on-site laundry through a greywater system.

    Water Corporation is now offering a range of waterwise offers for the Denmark community, including a free showerhead swap program. For more information, go to www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwisedenmark


  • (23/9/2019) New regional communities in the Great Southern announced for Waterwise program

    about 1 month ago

    Water Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging residents in two Great Southern communities to save precious water by taking advantage of the State Government's Waterwise Towns Program.

    Denmark and Walpole households are able to access water saving offers from the Water Corporation through the program.

    Water saving offers are suited to local conditions with Denmark households encouraged to take advantage of free showerhead swaps, comparative water use letters, an irrigation system check, plumbing retrofits and a rainwater tank rebate.

    Walpole household can participate in the free showerhead swap, irrigation system check and rainwater tank rebate initiatives.

    Up to two old showerheads...

    Water Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging residents in two Great Southern communities to save precious water by taking advantage of the State Government's Waterwise Towns Program.

    Denmark and Walpole households are able to access water saving offers from the Water Corporation through the program.

    Water saving offers are suited to local conditions with Denmark households encouraged to take advantage of free showerhead swaps, comparative water use letters, an irrigation system check, plumbing retrofits and a rainwater tank rebate.

    Walpole household can participate in the free showerhead swap, irrigation system check and rainwater tank rebate initiatives.

    Up to two old showerheads can be replaced at no cost with water-efficient ones by taking the old showerheads and a copy of a recent Water Corporation bill to selected locations in each community.

    The dramatic impact of climate change in the Great Southern region has seen Denmark record three of the driest years on record since 2014, with this year also tracking to be one of the driest.

    With climate change drying up Denmark's rainfall dependent water supply, the State Government has committed up to $39 million to secure Denmark's water supply. The Waterwise Towns Program is part of that commitment.

    Other areas selected in the 2019-20 Waterwise Towns program include Port Hedland, South Hedland, Karratha, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Wiluna, Dongara, Port Denison, Peppermint Grove Beach, Yallingup, Cowaramup and Margaret River.

    Offers through the Waterwise Towns Program are available from October 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020 or until showerhead stocks last, and rainwater tank program funds have been expended.

    Last year, Mount Barker and Albany households participated in the program helping save 41 million litres of water – which is equivalent to more than 18 Olympic sized swimming pools.

    For more details and to see what offers are available in your community, visit https://www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwiseoffers

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    "I encourage households in these Great Southern regional communities to take advantage of this great initiative and help save precious water as climate change continues to be one of the biggest challenges we face.

    "Small changes can make a big difference. The simple act of swapping to a water-efficient showerhead can help save you about 20,000 litres of water a year.

    "Communities participating in last year's Waterwise Towns Program together helped save an impressive 150 million litres of water or about 67 Olympic size swimming pools.

    "I am confident with everyone's help we can achieve the same great results this year."


  • (9/9/2019) McGowan Government moves to secure Denmark’s water supplies

    about 1 month ago

    Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the State Government will need to spend up to $39 million to secure Denmark's water supply, as reduced rainfall due to climate change means Denmark's dams can no longer be relied upon.

    Denmark has recorded three of the driest years on record since 2014, and this year is also tracking to be one of the driest years on record. This has resulted in significantly less water running into Quickup Dam - Denmark's primary water source.

    The long-term average streamflow into Quickup Dam is about 2,000 million litres per year. This year the dam is...

    Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the State Government will need to spend up to $39 million to secure Denmark's water supply, as reduced rainfall due to climate change means Denmark's dams can no longer be relied upon.

    Denmark has recorded three of the driest years on record since 2014, and this year is also tracking to be one of the driest years on record. This has resulted in significantly less water running into Quickup Dam - Denmark's primary water source.

    The long-term average streamflow into Quickup Dam is about 2,000 million litres per year. This year the dam is tracking to receive the lowest streamflow on record, with just 305 million litres of water so far received.

    The McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, will now spend up to $39 million on a plan to secure Denmark's water supply. The plan includes:

    1. Stage 5 water restrictions for Denmark will be put in place from October 1, 2019;
    2. Carting water to Denmark from Albany to supplement the local drinking water scheme until a new pipeline is built (up to $7 million);
    3. Build a new water pipeline to connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme (LGSTWSS) in Albany (up to $32 million); and
    4. Work with the Denmark community to help them use less scheme water through the Denmark Waterwise Towns Program commencing on October 1, 2019.

    The first steps will be to implement Stage 5 water restrictions and a Waterwise Towns Program in Denmark from October 1, 2019. Stage 5 water restrictions were last implemented in Denmark in late 2014 and 2015.

    Water carting from Albany will begin later in the year subject to dam levels. These short-term measures will secure the town's water supply over the coming summer.

    In the longer term, Denmark will be connected to the LGSTWSS through the construction of a new pipeline to Albany. The pipeline will provide a long-term water supply to the Denmark community. Work is expected to begin in 2020 following extensive environmental surveys and approvals to determine the best route.

    Water supplied through the LGSTWSS is mostly sourced from groundwater on the South Coast Peninsula around Albany. The remainder of the water is sourced from surface water from the Two Peoples Bay catchment area.

    The Waterwise Towns Program for Denmark will include free showerhead swaps, irrigation checks, rainwater tank rebates and free plumbing checks for households to look for leaks or identify other opportunities for water efficiency.

    There will be no impact on Denmark customers' bills as a result of this plan, because of the State Government's policy to subsidise regional areas to ensure country customers pay no more than metropolitan customers for the first 300 kilolitres of water used.

    The subsidy paid in 2017-18 by the State Government for Denmark water users was $5.9 million. This will increase by up to $2.9 million per year to fund the new pipeline which could cost up to $32 million. This will result in Denmark households and businesses receiving a subsidy of approximately $3,663 per year from the State Government.

    For more details, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwisedenmark

    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:

    "Like many parts in the south-west of Western Australia, Denmark simply doesn't receive the amount of rain that it used to due to the very real impact of climate change.

    "Denmark's water supply is solely reliant on rainfall. If we don't act now, Denmark could run out of water before next winter.

    "This situation could have been avoided if the previous Liberal National Government had acknowledged climate change and built the Albany pipeline in 2015. Instead, they wasted $12.7 million connecting Denmark's two dams, both of which are rainfall dependent.

    "The McGowan Government is investing up to $39 million in Denmark to implement a new water security plan, which will mean Denmark's water supply is no longer solely reliant on rainfall into local dams.

    "Stage 5 restrictions mean garden sprinkler systems can only be used one day a week instead of the normal two days during summer.

    "It is expected the water restrictions will save about 29 million litres of water, which is equivalent to about three weeks' water supply for the town.

    "I encourage the community to work with the Water Corporation as we implement this plan and embrace the water saving offers available through the Waterwise Towns Program."