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The WA Water Corporation has started work on a $27 million suite of projects to upgrade Karratha’s wastewater scheme, which will allow more wastewater to be recycled to irrigate green spaces in town.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the projects, which included new wastewater pipelines and upgrades to a number of pump stations, would significantly improve the area.

“This new infrastructure will allow more wastewater to be transferred to the treatment plant near Karratha’s light industrial area, where the Water Corporation is installing an advanced recycling facility,” Ms Davies said.

“The facility will treat the wastewater to a high quality, which can then be used to irrigate public open space such as ovals and the golf course.

“This project will reduce the demand on the town’s drinking water supply scheme and assist the State Government to meet future growth requirements in Karratha.”

The Minister said 10 kilometres of new pipeline would be constructed from Falcon Parade along Balmoral, Searipple and Millstream roads to the upgraded treatment plant near the light industrial area. The existing pump station on Falcon Road would also be upgraded and a new pump station built on Searipple Road.

“Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum but it is important for all road users to observe all traffic management directions to ensure everyone’s safety,” she said.

Work began in early January with completion expected in mid-2014.

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