City of Karratha

Future-proofing Karratha’s green spaces

16 Oct 2015

Karratha’s parks, ovals and open green spaces will become more sustainable thanks to a major upgrade of its recycled water irrigation network.

The $11 million project will see much of the City of Karratha’s ageing recycled water infrastructure replaced and expanded to ensure all existing and future planned public green spaces are watered more frequently and with higher quality treated recycled water.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the upgrade would significantly improve the City’s use and management of water and help facilitate the growth of Karratha and its public open spaces.

“At the moment most of our parks and ovals are irrigated with either lower quality recycled water or potable drinking water which can be costly to the City and is not the best use of this limited water supply,” Cr Long said.

“This upgrade will see most of the pipe network and pump stations used to irrigate the City’s green spaces replaced to ensure they are watered with high quality recycled water delivered directly from the Water Corporation's Waste Water Treatment Plant.”

“The project also incorporates the introduction of intelligent irrigation technology which is able to respond tank water levels and irrigate spaces on a priority basis, so parks and ovals that require regular irrigation still receive water when supply levels are low.”

Site preparation works for the project commenced this month with the establishment of temporary site offices near the Karratha Country Club, removal of the existing pump station storage tank at Bulgarra Oval, preparation of pump station sites at Kevin Richards and Tambrey Reserves and boring installation of pipelines at locations along Searipple Road.

Over the next nine months pump stations at Cattrall Park, Millars Well Oval, Tambrey Oval, Brogla Park and the City Centre will also be replaced and more than 9 kilometers of new pipeline will be laid linking the new pump stations with the supply of high quality recycled water.

Bulgarra Oval and the Karratha Country Club is already irrigated with high qaulity recycled water from the Water Corporation's Waste Water Treatment Plant.

The project is funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities fund, administered by the Pilbara Development Commission, Water Corporation LandCorp, Pindan and the City of Karratha.

The project is being undertaken by Cobey Industries and is estimated to be completed by mid-2016.

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