WA to launch wastewater innovation hub

The Western Australian Government has announced a new dedicated water innovation hub, which it says will bring together industry, universities and research partners.

The Innovation Hub will form part of the State’s Water and Research Innovation Precinct, and will be charged with developing new technologies to treat and recycle wastewater.

The State Government, through the Water Corporation, has developed the hub to test collaboratively with partners the latest technologies around wastewater recycling, before being developed further if proven successful.

"This new water innovation hub is an exciting opportunity for the Water Corporation to partner with industry and researchers to help deliver new and smarter technologies for the sustainable treatment of wastewater,” State Water Minister Dave Kelly said.

"Making the most of our treated wastewater through recycling is vitally important as we continue to feel the impact of climate change.

"Given wastewater is 99.97 per cent water, as it mostly comes from showers, baths and sinks, the potential to develop more recycling options for this resource are just beginning to be explored as we work towards a more sustainable future.”

"Western Australia is already an innovator in this space. We are the first State in Australia to use treated wastewater to recharge groundwater aquifers for future drinking water needs.

"I encourage research organisations and industry to bring their ideas to the Water Corporation through the Innovation Hub website and be part of this exciting new collaboration."

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