The Western Trade Coast encompasses the Kwinana Industrial Area, Latitude 32 Industry Zone, Rockingham Industry Zone and the Australian Marine Complex. The Western Trade Coast is a critical industrial region that anticipates increased water demand in the face of limited groundwater supply and the cost of scheme water supply.

The Federal Government provided funding under the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund for the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation to complete a Feasibility Study investigating Managed Aquifer Recharge as the means of storage and delivery of recycled wastewater to heavy industry in the Western Trade Coast.

The Kwinana Industries Council and the CSIRO co-contributed to the Feasibility Study. The Department of Water and Environment Regulation, Water Corporation, LandCorp and Department of Health assisted with advice and review throughout.

The Feasibility Study builds on previous studies undertaken by CSIRO which identified that a managed aquifer recharge scheme could be a technical and financially viable way to support the Western Trade Coast’s water demand into the future.

The Feasibility Study explored the engineering, commercial, scientific and regulatory viability of a MAR Scheme at two possible locations in the Western Trade Coast, and outlines the additional work required to advance the Managed Aquifer Recharge scheme.

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