Australian utility left seeking wastewater dump site as locals object

Australian utility, Water Corporation, remains without an alternative dumping site for wastewater from its desalination system in Denmark, Western Australia after its original choice of a temporary site was thrown out by the local community.

Water Corporation abandoned its plan to dump the brine discharge at Perkins Beach, after widespread community backlash. It told residents it would decide on an alternate plan by the end of last week but a spokesman said it was still appraising the financial, environmental and other implications of other options.

Water minister Mia Davies said it was her “expectation” that Water Corporation would find a suitable solution after consulting with the local community.

“The project is important. Denmark does have significant issues in terms of ongoing water supply. I’m sure, be able to find an alternative that meets the community’s expectations as well as mine,” said Davies.