Inspire : Public Works May Jun 2013
26 Public Works Professional May-June 2013 With almost 100,000 visitors a year, Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 850km north of Perth, ofen expands to the size of a small town, and water is a scarce resource. While treated groundwater meets human consumption needs, ageing infrastructure can't provide enough recycled water for irrigation and other purposes. As a solution to the problem, Water Infrastructure Group is designing and building a 150 kilolitre-a-day membrane bioreactor (MBR) water recycling plant for the resort, which is in the heart of the pristine Shark Bay World Heritage Area. "The plant is essential to the environmental sustainability of the area,” said Dean Massie, WA General Manager of Aspen Parks Property Management, which own and operate the resort. "The resort is the only accommodation in Monkey Mia and can accommodate up to 1200 visitors a night," he said. "People from around the world come to see the famous wild dolphins, dugongs and other marine life set among spectacular landscapes. LIGHT FOOTPRINT RECYCLING SOLUTION FOR PRISTINE PRECINCT A demand for water recycling plants is being driven by regional councils and tourist resorts keen to conserve potable supplies, and by industrial sites with treatment issues. Here's a plant to meet the need. We are acutely aware of the need to protect this World Heritage environment. PLEDGED TO PROTECT “However, although it’s fantastic to provide this unique opportunity for so many people, we are also aware of the need to protect the World Heritage environment. “So this hi-tech plant that Water Infrastructure Group is building for us will not only comply with current regulatory requirements to protect the environment, but also provide us with an opportunity to recycle water so that we conserve precious drinking water. "This is a major step in our commitment to operating a world renowned destination in a way that is environmentally sustainable for the future." In technical terms, Stephen McConnell, Water Infrastructure Group Project Manager said the MBR process was ideal technology for the location. “We have a lot of experience with MBR treatment plants because we not only design and build them, but also operate and maintain them," he said. REMOTE MONITORING "Our MBR plants are extremely robust and achieve regulatory and performance objectives. We focus on automation and remote monitoring and control through our Virtual Control Room to reduce the whole of life costs and ensure that our plants are easy to maintain and operate, particularly in remote locations like Monkey Mia." According to McConnell, a prime advantage of MBR technology for the Monkey Mia site is fexibility – the plant is designed for upgrading to double output if needed. Moreover, a small footprint and energy e ciency keep environmental impact to a minimum. ••• New recycling plant will keep the environmental impact to a minimum.
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