As the environmental assessment for a desalination plant in Perth’s north reached its third stage, the utility flagged it was also starting to investigate more groundwater replenishment and storm water options.
Releasing the results of an 18-month consultation to gauge public views about Perth’s water future, the Water Corporation said desalinated ocean water was by far the most popular choice for the city’s next supply source.
The Conversation) Millions of people all over the world rely on desalinated water. Closer to home, Australia has desalination plants in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, the Gold Coast, and many remote and regional locations.
More than half of Perth’s water over the last two years was sourced from desalination, and demand for connections to water and sewerage infrastructure remained strong, according to a new report. The Economic Regulation Authority’s (ERA) 2016-17 Water, Sewerage and Irrigation Performance report has found that 51.5 per cent of water sourced for Perth came from desalination in 2016-17. This was the first time that desalination accounted for more than half of Perth’s water. Perth’s two desalination plants operated at close to maximum capacity, producing a combined total of 149,823 megalitres. “The increased use of desalination is the result […]