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Desal plant in pipeline for Kangaroo Island – Australia

The Marshall Liberal Government is committing $33 million to building a desalination plant at Kangaroo Island which will provide a new secure drinking water supply, unlock economic activity and improve bushfire resilience.

The 2 megalitre per day seawater desalination plant will improve drinking water security and provide better water infrastructure to support the local tourism and agriculture industries.

Premier Steven Marshall said this investment will create an estimated 500 jobs and add over $200 million of economic value to Kangaroo Island in the next 15 years.

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Govt halts plans to expand Sydney desal plant – Australia

Last December the government asked the independent regulator IPART to investigate the pricing impact of the planned expansion and announced terms of reference for an investigation of costs and charges.

At the time water minister Melinda Pavey told IPART the government had asked the plant to prepare plans to expand its capacity to produce drinking water, saying this was a key element in protecting Sydney’s water security.

She said expansion of the Kurnell plant should be undertaken “as quickly as practicable to deliver an additional 250 megalitres of drinking water over 12 months”.

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Desalination supplies remote SA community with safe water – Australia

The Murputja Desalination Plant is supplying a third Indigenous community in South Australia’s Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands with safe drinking water.

With Kanpi connecting to the local supply network, its community can now receive clean potable water.

The solar and battery-powered 60kL capacity Murputja Desalination Plant treats water sourced from local bores, before it is piped through a total of around 12km of pipeline into homes and businesses across the three local communities.

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Water Corporation investigates future water sources for Perth – Australia

RECYCLED groundwater and storm water are being considered to top up Perth’s long term water supply as Water Corporation rolls forward desalination plant proposals.

As the environmental assessment for a desalination plant in Perth’s north reached its third stage, the utility flagged it was also starting to investigate more groundwater replenishment and storm water options.

In early May, WA’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approved Water Corporation’s environmental scoping document for a potential seawater desalination plant in Alkimos.

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Groundwater desalination on farms in Western Australia – Australia

Groundwater in the Western Australian grainbelt is a potential resource for on-farm water self sufficiency. However, most groundwater in this environment is saline to some degree, and is often not suitable for livestock or other on-farm uses.

Desalination, the process to remove much of the salt from saline water sources, could produce less-saline water for livestock, crop spraying, horticulture and domestic uses.

This page provides information on desalination – with reverse osmosis (RO) systems – of groundwater on farms in the Western Australian grainbelt.

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SA Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site – Australia

Nothing says energy transition quite like a renewable energy facility being built on an old fossil fuel asset. Solar farms have been built on or near several old coal plants, and now the South Australia state government utility SA Water plans to build a new solar farm with more than 35,000 solar PV panels on the site of a former oil refinery.

SA Water said on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase 14 hectares of land at the former ExxonMobil Port Stanvac oil refinery, next to the Adelaide Desalination Plant which the solar farm will help power. and as part of the utility’s push to a “zero cost energy future” that involves more than 150MW of solar across dozens of sites, and 34 megawatt hours of battery storage.

The ExxonMobil refinery was closed in 2003 and demolished in 2014, and the overall 240 hectare site is being remediated to pave the way for other industry activity.

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Ontario Teachers and UTA acquire TIF’s Sydney desalination plant stake – Ontario

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and the Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) have increased their ownership stakes in the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) to 60% and 40% respectively.

Ontario Teachers and Morrison & Co, on behalf of UTA, said they have increased their holdings in SDP with their acquisition of The Infrastructure Fund’s (TIF) ownership stake in the plant. Financial details were undisclosed.

SPD, which is Sydney’s only non-rain dependent source of drinking water, supplies up to 15% of the Australian city’s needs.

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Gradiant Expands into Australia with Acquisition of CRS Water – Australia

Gradiant today announced its acquisition of Sydney based CRS Water Pty. Ltd, marking the company’s expansion into Australia.

The acquisition enables Gradiant to leverage its proprietary technologies and strong financing capabilities alongside CRS’s project delivery expertise, access to industrial customers, and relationships with leading contractors, corporations and municipalities, facilitating access to Australia’s burgeoning water market.

Bill Kelly, the managing director and founder of CRS Water will continue to lead the company for a two-year transitional period.

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Drought remains ‘diabolical’ for most of NSW – Australia

More than 99 per cent of the state remains in drought, despite record rainfall in Sydney which will see the desalination plant switched off next month and water restrictions wound back.

As Sydney recovers from the worst drought on record, the situation is still “diabolical” for most of the state, in what is likely to create tensions in the Coalition ahead of the May budget.

Data presented to the government this week shows 99.4 per cent of NSW is still in drought, with about one-third in the highest category – “intense drought”.

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Heavy rains are great news for Sydney’s dams, but they come with a big caveat – Australia

Throughout summer, Sydney’s water storage level fell alarmingly. Level 2 water restrictions were imposed and the New South Wales government prepared to double the capacity of its desalination plant.

But then it began to rain, and rain. Sydney water storages jumped from 41% in early February to 75% now – the highest of any capital city in Australia.This is great news for the city, but it comes with a big caveat.

Floodwaters will undoubtedly wash bushfire debris into reservoirs—possibly overwhelming water treatment systems. We must prepare now for that worst-case pollution scenario.

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