Support for new water sources

A SURVEY has revealed Perth residents are still willing to embrace new sources of drinking water.

Water Corporation customer and community general manager Catherine Ferrari said the recent corporation-commissioned survey showed seven out of 10 people supported using recycled water for drinking, once the process was explained.

“Australia’s first full-scale groundwater replenishment scheme (at Craigie) is now over halfway through its construction and will be complete by the end of next year,” she said.

Ms Ferrari said the process involved taking treated wastewater and further treating it to strict drinking water standards before recharging it into groundwater supplies.

The water remained there for many years before being extracted for further treatment as drinking water.

Ms Ferrari said recycled water would become the next new “climate independent water source” for Perth, and followed a three-year trial completed in 2012.

About 11,000 visitors were welcomed at the site in Craigie.