WATER West will deliver a local municipal-scale reticulated sewerage scheme, including recycled water, to the planned urban town site expansion in North Dandalup.
Managing director Jeff Strahan said the decision would open the WA water market to genuine competition and reduce the impact on dwindling water sources.
“Water West now has the go-ahead to deliver locally-based reticulated sewerage and recycling services, alleviating pressure on government to build expensive water infrastructure, and potentially opening up new residential communities across WA,” Mr Strahan said.
Water West will partner with a land developer to fund, build, operate and retail a sewerage scheme for 2250 new homes, primary schools and shopping centres at North Dandalup.
The proposed system collects and treats local wastewater to deliver fit-for-purpose recycled water, which can be used to irrigate the town’s new open spaces.
Mr Strahan said by recycling local wastewater, Water West would facilitate larger and greener open spaces.
“With approval granted by the Economic Regulation Authority, we’re now working with a number of developers to design, build and operate local water schemes that best meets the needs of new greenfield and infill developments in several parts of Perth,” he said.
Shire of Murray chief executive Dean Unsworth welcomed the decision to grant a licence to supply sewerage and recycled water services in North Dandalup.
“The Shire of Murray encourages modern and sustainable water solutions and congratulates Water West in delivering these outcomes,” he said. “We are a growing shire and relying solely on scheme water is not an option.
“This approval will provide long-term benefits and provide encouragement for further innovation within the development industry.”