Photo by David Burnett.
What do ya do mate when you’re out in Western Australia, the suns beating down on ya back, not a drop of water for miles or, a roadside tavern in sight? You open a desalination plant of course … cobber.
Perth’s $387 million desalination plant in Kwinana was officially opened on April 18th. Australia’s first large-scale seawater desalination plant has been delivering drinking water into the city’s supply system since November last year.
The plant reached full capacity last month and produces about 130 million litres of drinking water per day, about 17 per cent of Perth’s water consumption.
“Our drying climate has resulted in an unprecedented threat to the lifestyle we enjoy in Western Australia,” Premier Alan Carpenter said. Mr Carpenter also said steady progress was being made towards achieving the 2012 water recycling target of 20 per cent, with the current recycling at 13 per cent.
Some people aren’t happy about this approach to WA’s water problem. You can read their views right here mate.
Water doesn’t mix with oil but, they are the two biggest resource issues of our times.