Chris Morris, CH2M HILL Australia and New Zealand geography manager, said the company and its partners have been chosen to build a water treatment facility in Western Australia that would be designed as a safe source of drinking water for the state in the coming decades.
The plant will initially churn out 14 billion liters of treated wastewater for injection into Perth's aquifers, the company said Thursday.
“With Australia's dry climate, groundwater replenishment provides a secure, rainfall-independent water source and will be an integral part of northern Perth's future water security,“ Morris said.
Work will start this month and will include the first-stage construction of the recycling facility in Craigie, Western Australia.
The Water Corporation, a local supplier of water and wastewater services, awarded the project to CH2M Hill under a joint venture with engineering, construction and mining services provider Thiess.
CH2M HILL said the Water Corporation has completed a two-year feasibility study of the plant at a Beenyup treatment site, converting about 3.5 billion liters wastewater using ultrafiltration, ultraviolet disinfection, reverse osmosis and other advanced technologies and processes.