Water Corporation had completed a 2.1km water pipeline for a housing development in Perth’s south-east suburbs, supporting the rapidly growing region with high-quality drinking water through the $4 million project.
The Perth suburbs of Mundijong and Whitby will be enjoying ample supply of water for years to come, with Mundijong presently home to 4,068 residents, with this number tipped to swell to nearly 21,000 by 2036.
In line with population forecasts, around 17,000 new water service connections could be required in the area by 2060.
The pipeline was laid underneath Paterson Street between Mundijong Road and Keirnan Street to avoid impacting established trees along the verge.
Almost 50 jobs were created as part of the project, which took six months to complete.
Western Australian Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said, “The McGowan Government, through Water Corporation, is committed to ensuring water supply networks keep pace with urban growth to allow our city and State to prosper long into the future.
“This is especially important given the long-term impacts of climate change on our water supply, which we already know is resulting in less rainfall and even less available drinking water.
“With tens of thousands of people set to call this area home over the next few decades, it’s vital growing communities like Mundijong and Whitby have the infrastructure to support sustainable growth.”
Darling Range MLA, Hugh Jones, said, “I’m glad to see this project reach completion, and I thank the community for their patience as these works took place.
“This new pipeline is key to supporting housing development in Mundijong and Whitby and future-proofing the area for years to come.
“I’m proud to be part of the McGowan Government delivering for Darling Range.”
During the project, Water Corporation’s education team paid a visit to Mundijong Primary School to host a special ‘Water in Aboriginal culture’ incursion.
Part of the Waterwise Schools Program, students participated in a sensory journey through Noongar boodja (Noongar country) to learn how Aboriginal people have been custodians of WA’s water systems for more than 60,000 years.
Through Water Corporation, the Western Australian Government has allocated over $140 million to water supply and network projects in Perth and Peel in 2021-22.