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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Senator Alex Gallacher

Senator for South Australia

$5.4 million Port Pirie wastewater recycling upgrade completed

Media release
15 November 2012
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Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today marked the completion of Port Pirie's Community Water Reuse project, located in regional South Australia.

The $5.4 million project will initially produce 350 million litres of recycled water per year that will be used by industry and council to improve amenity and reduce dust in Port Pirie.

Senator Farrell said the Australian Government has contributed $2.5 million towards the project.

"These funds assisted in the construction of a reverse osmosis plant at the Nyrstar smelter, the installation of more than five kilometres of pipe network from the plant throughout Port Pirie, and upgrades to the existing irrigation networks in a number of parks and ovals.

"The Australian Government recognises the importance of addressing water scarcity in challenging environments and the benefits recycled water provides South Australia by reducing extraction from the River Murray and creating greater water security for the state."

Senator Gallacher said the recycled water will provide Nyrstar with 250 million litres of high quality water for their processing.

"It will also provide the local council with 100 million litres of recycled water for the irrigation of Port Pirie's major recreational facilities and further assist in the implementation of the Dust Management Plan under the 'Ten for Them' project," Senator Gallacher said.

"The contribution to dust suppression, in particular, will assist in improving the health of children in Port Pirie.

"This project has been an example of how the Australian Government, local government and industry can work together to improve the security of community water supplies in regional Australia."

The Port Pirie Community Water Reuse project was funded through the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns.