Australian brine management facility disposes water in ocean

Oct. 7, 2013

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia — The facility disposes of salt water from mineral businesses and dairy producers.

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia — A $3.6 million brine wastewater management plant has been officially unveiled on the southwest coast of Victoria, according to an article by The Warrnambool Standard.

The facility run by Wannon Water, a water collection, storage, and treatment corporation in Victoria, is now pumping millions of gallons of salt water from mineral businesses and dairy producers into the ocean, according to the article.

"It's not detrimental to the ocean," said Wannon Water managing director Grant Green. "The only other alternative to something like this is the build a pit — a liner with clay — and then evaporate the brine off it, but you're still left with the residual salt so it's a very difficult thing to do."

The brine is one quarter the strength of sea water, according to the article, and could not be sent to other local water treatment plants that use water for irrigation because of its salinity.

South West Coast MP and Premier Denis Napthine hoped the plant would bring local businesses such as copper mining companies and population growth to the region, according to the article.

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