The Western Australian Government will contribute $1 million towards a $6.26 million upgrade of Newman’s recycled wastewater treatment plant.
The remainder will be paid for by the Shire of East Pilbara and BHP.
According to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Newman’s parks, wetlands and sports fields have long been irrigated with treated wastewater.
“The state government is pleased to support this project to ensure Newman has a wastewater treatment plant operating to modern industry standards for years to come,” she said.
“In supporting these projects, we are working to deliver an equal or higher level of services and liveability in towns such as Newman as in the metropolitan area.”
The plant was built by BHP in 1981 to produce Class A water for irrigation. Ownership was later transferred to the Water Corporation and the Shire of East Pilbara.
Upgrades to the plant’s ageing components are required to ensure it will continue to operate to modern industry standards, while also providing a source of irrigation.
Treated wastewater from the plant currently irrigates 142,000 square metres of Newman’s gardens and ovals.
“I can’t think of a more sustainable way to ensure Newman’s green spaces continue to thrive than irrigating them with locally-sourced and treated wastewater,” MacTiernan said.
Shire of East Pilbara Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Edwards said the state government’s $1 million allocation will assist the Shire in upgrading infrastructure to service the community.
“The Shire has been operating the Newman Waste Water Treatment Plant for more than 35 years, and the upgrade will provide a more sustainable outcome along with water rebalancing to enable the Shire to continue to water green spaces in town,” he said.