The quality and reliability of water delivered by the historic Goldfields pipeline 100,000 people in over 33,000 households in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, particularly Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie will be improved thanks to the new $300million Mundaring Water Treatment Plant.
Premier Colin Barnett and Water Minister Mia Davies officially opened the plant on friday morning. This is the first project to be funded, designed and built through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Western Australia’s water industry.
Mr Barnett said that cost of water would be lower that the public sector could provide due to initial competitive bidding process.
“This plant will allow an extra 10 gigalitres of water per year to be fed into the water supply from the Lower Helena Catchment for the first time in more than five years, while also providing the service at a lower cost than the public sector could, due to the initial competitive bidding process,” he said.
“This is the first PPP to deliver a project to the WA water industry and it is an ideal platform for the Water Corporation to encourage more private sector involvement in service delivery into the future.”
Ms Davis said this project is a partnership between the Water Corporation and Helena Water consortium comprising Spain’s ACCIONA Agua, TRILITY and Lloyds Bank
“The private partners brought a wide range of experience in delivering water projects around the world, and an extensive track record in developing and operating PPPs,” she said.
“There has been more and more private sector involvement in the water industry over the past 20 years, most recently through productive alliances such as this.”