To help cater for future growth in the Western Australian region, a $37 million upgrade to Mandurah’s largest Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) has been announced.

Water Corporation’s Gordon Road WRRF in Parklands treats wastewater from tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Mandurah, North Mandurah, Barragup, Yunderup and West Murray.

Western Australia Water Minister, Simone McGurk, said, “We live in a booming state with a strong job market, thriving economy and an enviable lifestyle, that will see our population continue to grow. Nowhere is that more evident than in Peel.

“The Western Australian Government is committed to ensuring that water and wastewater services keep pace with the growing demand across the region.

“Water Corporation’s upgrades to the Gordon Road Water Resource Recovery Facility will ensure the community continues to receive a safe and reliable wastewater service well into the future.”

The State Government is investing more than $370 million in 2023 to water and wastewater projects across Perth and Peel.

Mandurah’s population is expected to grow by 23 per cent by 2036. Upgrades will allow the facility to treat up to 15.5 million litres of wastewater daily – a 3.5 million litre increase on the current capacity.

Works include construction of a new dissolved air flotation thickener (DAFT), new bio-selector, replacement and upsizing of mechanical equipment (pumps, aerators, mixers) and new electrical switchrooms.

The project is expected to be complete in late-2024, and create 100 jobs during construction.

Treated recycled water from the plant is injected into underground aquifers and used as rainfall-independent water source for irrigating public green spaces throughout the city.

The State Government has allocated $370 million to new water and wastewater projects across Perth and Peel this financial year.

Mandurah MLA, David Templeman, said it’s vital that Mandurah Council have continued strong investment in infrastructure that delivers essential services to the community.

“It’s also pleasing to see treated water from the Gordon Road Water Resource Recovery Facility being reused to irrigate public open space, which means the city relies less on valuable potable water to keep our parks and ovals green,” Mr Templeman said.

Dawesville MLA, Lisa Munday, said this future-focused project will see our precious drinking water saved.

“This major upgrade at our local water resource recovery facility will not only work to support the growing population and thriving economy of Mandurah and the Dawesville electorate but it also allows for the expanded usage of recycled wastewater,” Ms Munday said.
Feature image provided by Water Corporation

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