Water upgrades for WA’s Great Southern region

The Western Australian Government is investing $8.2 million for improvements to water treatment plants in the towns of Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup in the state’s Great Southern region, including water transfer pumps upgrades.

Western Australian Water Minister, Mia Davies, said work in Ongerup and Jerramungup had started and would be completed in mid-2017.

“All three of these projects include upgrades to filtration and disinfection systems in the treatment plants, which will improve water quality for Water Corporation customers in these towns,” Ms Davies said.

“The projects in Ongerup and Jerramungup will also include upgrades to the power supply to the plants and water transfer pumps.”

Frankland’s water treatment plant was the first to be upgraded with works completed in October 2016.

“It is great to see local expertise being used in this Liberal National Government project, with contractors from Albany, Katanning and Mount Barker involved in the upgrade,” Ms Davies said.

Water for Frankland, Ongerup and Jerramungup is sourced from local dams, and then transferred to a water treatment plant where it is made safe for drinking before it is supplied to customers in the towns.  

The Water Corporation has supplied about 12.5 billion litres of water, through more than 4,000km of water mains, to its customers across the Great Southern.

In November 2016, the state government embarked on an $8 million program to improve water quality in the communities of Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone.

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