Brine disposal plan in pipeline for Leschenault

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Harvey Water has proposed a 12km underground pipeline to transport brine from Kemerton to the ocean.

The polyethylene pipeline would be 20cm in diameter and run one metre below the ground.

The proposed deposit site would sit between Australind and Binningup.

Brine is concentrated salt and mineral which is produced during the reverse osmosis treatment of water.

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Harvey Water chief executive Bradd Hamersley said the company had worked with landowners and government agencies to select a pipeline route that “avoided sensitive areas and minimised impacts on vegetation, fauna and the marine environment.”

Mr Hamersley said community consultation sessions would be held, along with a wide range of studies including Aboriginal heritage, habitat, flora, fauna, endangered species, marine and seabed studies.

“A brine pipeline is an important piece of infrastructure that is critical to attracting key industry to Kemerton and establishing projects of significance,” he said.

Community members are invited to provide input and seek further information.

An information session will be held at the Binningup Fishing Club on July 22 at 4:30pm. Another will be held at the Australind Village Shopping Centre on July 30 at 5pm and August 1 at 10am. Feedback forms are available at www.harveywater.com.au

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