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Upgrades to 30-year-old pump and pipe infrastructure to improve supply of non-potable water to Yuna in Western Australia have been completed, with a total 12 kilometres of new pipework laid and a new submersible pump installed.

Western Australia Water Minister, Dave Kelly, announced the completion of the latest Community Water Supply project at Yuna in the Shire of Chapman Valley.

 Many communities in the state’s Mid West have experienced significantly reduced rainfall as a result of climate change.

 The Community Water Supplies Partnership Program is part of the Western Australian Government’s commitment to ensure farmers have access to reliable agricultural and emergency livestock drinking water supplies especially during dry periods when on-farm supplies are depleted.

 The Shire of Chapman Valley received a $100,000 grant through the program for infrastructure upgrades from the Rockwell bore to improve supply of non-potable water to the Yuna townsite located east of Geraldton.

 A total 12 kilometres of new pipework have been laid from Rockwell bore to the town of Yuna with the bore also fitted with a new submersible pump. Additional solar panels were installed to help increase the pumping capacity of the bore to deliver more water to the town.

 The project will enable the ongoing use of non-potable water from the Rockwell bore to irrigate the sporting facilities and public open space in Yuna. The additional water supply can also be used as a valuable emergency source for livestock and firefighting.

 A new 132 kilolitre capacity tank was also installed at the Yuna sporting ground to assist in storing water for use at the site. 

 The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Community Water Supplies Partnerships Program, in partnership with local government, provides a maximum of $100,000 per project for local government and community groups to develop off-farm community water supplies.

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