The NSW Government has announced a plan to install at least 60, 000 water treatment and water treatment infrastructure across the state.
Key points:The state government has been reviewing the water treatment systems of the northern and eastern suburbsThe water treatment facilities will include some of the biggest facilities in the worldThe infrastructure will be completed by 2020Water quality monitoring will be a key part of the projectWater quality in the northern suburbs will be monitored using sensors, which are being installed at water treatment plants in the southern suburbsThe Government said the water quality monitoring system will help inform future planning for the project.
It will also help to improve the management of the water system and provide a baseline for future improvements.
Key measures being taken to improve water quality in NSW include installing more than 30,000 additional water treatment machinery, and installing more sensors at water storage tanks.
The state’s largest water treatment facility, Pinelands Water Treatment, will have a new “super-critical” water treatment system, which is expected to require around 1,800 water treatment workers.
“The Pinellands Water Treatment Complex has seen an average annual rainfall of between 1.3 and 1.4 millimetres since construction began in the late 1980s,” the NSW Government said in a statement.
“These rainfall amounts can only be achieved through the use of water treatment techniques.”
By 2050, Pinels water treatment plant will be capable of producing an average of 5.3 million litres of treated water per year.
“This will be achieved with the installation of the Supercritical Water Treatment System.”
The plan comes on the back of the state’s worst drought in decades, with water levels in many parts of the region falling below the state target for 5 millimetre-per-square-kilometre rainfall, or MWPK.
The MWPk is based on a target for NSW to achieve an average rainfall of 1.7 mm of rainfall a year.
Water management expert Michael Green said the project will help improve water and air quality in communities in the north and east, which he said were at risk from water pollution.
“It’s good that they’re going to put a water management plan together,” he said.
“But it’s just a small step in the right direction.”
Topics:environment,environmental-impact,government-and-politics,environment,water-management,pollution,water,health,nsw,australiaFirst posted February 08, 2020 21:34:08Contact Adam BurchillMore stories from New South Wales