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McLean Oval Recycled Wastewater Irrigation Project Operating

Published on Monday, 11 March 2024 at 2:59:00 PM

From this month, Denmark’s McLean Oval will be kept green thanks to a new recycled wastewater irrigation system that will see up to 30 million litres of water diverted from a nearby treatment plant.

The project, delivered in partnership with Water Corporation, represents another goal achieved under the Shire’s Sustainability Strategy in line with community expectations.

Local residents were regularly engaged with throughout the pipeline construction and testing phases, with Shire representatives pleased to meet at McLean Oval with Water Corporation, the Member for Warren Blackwood, Jane Kelsbie MLA, and the Minister for Water, Simone McGurk MLA, recently as the irrigation program prepared to go live.

Denmark Shire President Kingsley Gibson said Council was proud to be delivering another sustainable outcome for our community.

“This is another meaningful project which will have a real and positive impact on our water usage locally,” Cr Gibson said. “Our community is full of proud recyclers, so it’s only fitting that our beautiful green oval will stand as a testament to that local recycling ethos.”

Once up and running, ongoing water quality monitoring will ensure this valuable water resource remains safe and available to use. For more information on wastewater recycling including a great video on water recycling visit the Water Corporation website on: 

Comments attributed to Minister for Water, Hon. Simone McGurk MLA:

“The Shire of Denmark now has access to up to 30 million litres of sustainable, fit-for-purpose recycled water to irrigate McLean Oval each year.”
“Mclean Oval was previously irrigated by the town’s water supply scheme, so this is a great outcome given our drying climate.”
“Water Corporation has 77 recycled water schemes across WA used by local governments or private industries for irrigating of public open spaces and woodlots, or for industrial reuse.”
“This is part of Water Corporation’s commitment to recycling 30% of wastewater by 2030, and builds on the 70% increase in total volume of recycled water across WA in the last decade.”
“I’d like to thank the Shire of Denmark for their support and collaboration throughout the project.”

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