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Bunbury Water Resource Recovery Scheme

Aqwest will construct a major new water resource recovery facility to supply water to irrigate public open spaces and for use on major infrastructure projects in Bunbury.

The $11.9 million investment, announced by Water Minister Dave Kelly on September 2 as part of the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan, will alleviate the need to use high quality potable water from the Yarragadee Aquifer, which supplies Bunbury and surrounding areas with drinking water.

Aqwest will build and operate the new facility, and source water for the scheme from Water Corporation’s Bunbury Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The fit-for-purpose, recycled water generated will provide a much needed water resource for industry and irrigation, and deliver far reaching benefits to the city of Bunbury community by greening the environment and improving liveability.

The project will reduce the amount of treated wastewater discharged out to sea and support local jobs by contracting local companies during construction.

Why is water recovery important?

Climate change has particularly impacted the South West, resulting in reduced rainfall, reduced streamflow and reduced recharge into groundwater resources.

Bunbury and the surrounding area is facing severe water shortages and by using treated recycled water on infrastructure projects and to irrigate public open spaces, it preserves the drinking water from the Yarragadee Aquifer.

This innovative project addresses the impact that climate change is having on water supplies by ensuring the sustainability of the Yarragadee Aquifer and the future supply of potable water to homes in Bunbury.

This fit-for-purpose, recycled water also delivers far-reaching benefits to the City of Bunbury community by greening the environment and improving liveability.

Local procurement & expressions of interest

Construction of the new water recycling facility will support local jobs.

Aqwest held an Industry Briefing session on October 29, 2020 and called for Expressions of Interest.

Expressions of interest have closed and are now being assessed.