The Western Australia State Government has announced it will provide $2.8 billion to secure the Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant, Perth’s next major source of drinking water. Site works have now begun at the location for the future 100-billion-litre seawater desalination plant, heralding a significant milestone in its delivery. The new plant, supported using the state budget surplus, is set to […]
The Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant (ASDP) has received environmental approval from state and federal regulators, bringing delivery of Perth’s next major water source a step closer. The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has approved the 100 billion-litre-a-year plant that is set to secure drinking water for millions of Western Australians. It follows assessment by the […]
From maintaining hydration and protecting public health to supporting social and economic development, water is a critical part of everyday life. However for some outback towns, clean drinking water doesn’t flow freely from their taps. In an effort to provide better amenities to remote first nations communities and secure the state’s water supply, SA Water is looking to desalination. For […]
Seqwater has released its 2023 Water Security Program, which outlines how it plans to deliver reliable, quality water to the region’s rising population. As outlined in the South East Queensland Regional Plan, population is set to grow to more than six million over the next 30 years. The Water Security Program maps out how Seqwater plans to continue to provide […]
At an independent forum held in Adelaide, marine scientists from government and aquaculture groups met to discuss undertaking studies to support SA Water’s proposed desalination plant on the Eyre Peninsula. Representatives from SA Water, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), independent Marine Science Review Panel and scientific experts supporting several local aquaculture groups met for the roundtable discussion. […]
SA Water is going ahead with investigations to inform the design and construction of a desalination plant for Eyre Peninsula at Billy Lights Point, including a new pipeline that will connect the plant to existing water infrastructure. These ongoing preliminary land and marine-based investigations will help the utility design a plant and connecting infrastructure that will minimise impact on the […]
Residents in a remote South Australian town can now access drinking water from their taps, following the construction of a new desalination plant delivered by SA Water. The new small-scale reverse osmosis plant, stationed on Kurka Drive, can produce up to 210,000L of safe and clean drinking water each day for residents. SA Water General Manager for Sustainable Infrastructure, Amanda […]
SA Water has commenced construction on a desalination plant at Marree, South Australia, bringing a new desalinated drinking water supply another step closer to the community. Following months of design, planning and approvals, the project’s major construction partner – John Holland–Guidera O’Connor joint venture – has commenced on-ground concreting and earthworks at the site on Fourth Street, ahead of the […]
The Western Australia 2023–24 State Budget will see an investment of more than $3 billion to address climate change, build resilience and meet the State’s commitment of net zero by 2050. The budget has also allocated $65.3 million for enabling works at the new Alkimos Seawater Desalination Plant, securing the State’s drinking water supply as rainfall continues to decline in […]
Construction is progressing on Penneshaw’s new seawater desalination plant, with work now underway to install the next 20km of a large underground pipeline on Kangaroo Island. This section of water main forms part of a total 50km being laid, which will deliver safe, clean water to new and existing SA Water customers from the new desalination facility once operational from […]
Melbourne’s water supply for 2023 is secure, with water storage levels currently above 91 per cent thanks to above-average rainfall and consecutive La Niña events. Based on these storage levels, projected weather patterns, and demand, Victoria Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, announced that according to Melbourne Water’s independent advice there is no requirement for a desalination order this year. “While […]
A new $58 million Water Corporation contract will see extra-large steel water pipes produced in Western Australia for the first time, supporting local jobs and manufacturing in Kwinana Industrial Area. The contract with Steel Mains will see 1,600mm diameter water pipes manufactured in Kwinana rather than at their plant in Victoria, mitigating supply chain risks and significant freight costs, while […]
The remainder of the 2022/23 Victorian Desalination Plant order will be halted, due to a higher-than-average likelihood of spills, high-storage capacity, and a forthcoming La Niña summer. Victoria’s Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, has accepted Melbourne Water’s advice and the 2022/23 desalination order will be halted, effective immediately. “The desalination plant is a critical part of our long-term water supply […]
Water Corporation has proposed a new 100 billion litre-a-year desalination plant in Western Australia, with this new plant and Perth’s two existing ones to be powered by renewables. Proposed on Water Corporation land north-east of Alkimos Beach and subject to environmental approval, the plant will be capable of delivering 100 billion litres of drinking water annually to support the Integrated […]
Two of South-East Queensland’s largest water treatment plants have resumed normal operations, meaning residents in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan no longer need to reduce their water use. The Mt Crosby East Bank and West Bank Water Treatment Plants, which produce about 50 per cent of the region’s water supply, have been operating at reduced capacity since 14 May 2022. The […]
The Victorian Government has ordered 15GL of water from the Victorian Desalination Plant in Wonthaggi. Independent expert advice from Melbourne water corporations recommended a 15GL order – 110GL lower than the 2021 order. This means that Melbourne household water bills will remain stable for the year ahead. Melbourne’s water bills are among the lowest in Australia. Like household bills, water […]
Fraser Coast Regional Council has endorsed a planning report which proposes the construction of a water grid and desalination plant to provide long-term water supply security for the Fraser Coast. The Fraser Coast Water Supply Security Strategy – Planning Report was prepared by engineering company Cardno, and recommends building a water grid connecting Hervey Bay and Maryborough water schemes and […]
SA Water, alongside major construction partners John Holland and Guidera O’Connor, has begun construction of Kangaroo Island’s new seawater desalination plant, which will improve drinking water reliability for the region. SA Water and partners have begun setting up equipment, fencing and temporary site huts, as well as ground preparation at the Penneshaw site. The project will also support the local […]
The Federal and South Australian governments have jointly committed $15 million to a business case which will move the Northern Water Supply project forward. The Federal Government has invested $5 million, building on South Australia’s $10 million commitment to the project, which will deliver a long-term sustainable water source for the state’s north. Among the options being considered is a […]
by Annabelle Powell, Journalist, Utility magazine Australia is projected to see up to ten per cent less rainfall across the south of the country by 2030, and 20 per cent by 2050. Alternative water sources, such as desalination, will play an increasingly vital role in providing the population with fresh water as we face the impacts of climate change. Desalination […]
South East Water is involved in a new wastewater management project to transform leftover biosolids headed for landfill into reusable products for farmers. Developed by RMIT University and the first of its kind in Australia, the innovative technology uses a process called pyrolysis, whereby high temperatures destroy pathogens and microplastics in biosolids to create biochar – a carbon-rich form of […]
Water conducts and controls industrial processes in industries such as manufacturing and energy generation as well as in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications. Before it can be used, it has to be processed appropriately. One technique that is often used consists of blending raw water with processed water until the required quality is achieved, directly in the end user’s plant. […]
Billy Lights Point, near Port Lincoln, has been selected as the preferred location for a desalination plant in the Eyre Peninsula area of South Australia, which will provide drinking water for around 35,000 SA Water customers. The decision follows a comprehensive analysis of 20 sites around Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula, as well as ongoing consultation with local stakeholders. […]
Kangaroo Island’s new desalination plant will soon be connected to the community through 50km of new large underground pipeline, with installation already underway. The project will improve drinking water security and support the Island’s tourism and agricultural industries. The first stage of pipeline construction between Penneshaw and Pelican Lagoon will continue for the next several months, with regular deliveries of […]
Hunter Water has been granted planning approval to deliver a new desalination plant in Belmont, NSW – providing an enduring supply of water for the Lower Hunter region. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment approved planning for the new plant, which will produce up to 30 million litres a day of drinking water, in response to droughts that have […]
The 2021/22 Victorian Budget has invested nearly $44 million towards water sector initiatives that will improve the health of key waterways and provide immediate benefits to regional economies, as well as a $110 million investment in essential energy functions, safer powerlines and Zero Emissions Vehicles. $24.5 million will be devoted to helping regional economies in East Gippsland and North East […]
The location for SA Water’s planned Eyre Peninsula seawater desalination plant is under review, with the utility set to explore more cost-effective alternatives compared to the current preferred site near Sleaford Bay. While the site at Sleaford Bay continues to meet important environmental, social and cultural priorities, constructability challenges have emerged through the detailed design and engineering assessments for the […]
The Gold Coast Desalination Plant will be ramped up to full capacity to enable critical upgrades to the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant. The desalination plant, located at Tugun, is scheduled to provide up to 133 million litres – the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools – per day into the South East Queensland (SEQ) water grid while the Mt […]
The Murputja Desalination Plant is supplying a third Indigenous community in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands with safe drinking water. With Kanpi connecting to the local supply network, its community can now receive clean potable water. The solar and battery-powered 60kL capacity Murputja Desalination Plant treats water sourced from local bores, before it is piped through a total […]
Hunter Water is reviewing its Lower Hunter Water Plan and has released a map highlighting a number of potential sites for supply and demand options that have been shortlisted for further investigation. Hunter Water is working with the community and the NSW Government to review the plan, which will ensure the region has a sustainable supply of water in the […]
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