The first water from an agricultural project that uses surplus water from nearby mining operations has commenced working.


“This is a visionary project highlighting the enormous agricultural opportunities to be realised through collaboration with the mining sector,” State Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman said.


“The Department of Agriculture and Food has worked closely with Rio Tinto to develop this project.  Potentially, similar projects using surplus water from other mines could create an extensive agricultural sector in the Pilbara,” Mr Redman said.

“As below water table mining increases throughout the Pilbara, this will create a future source of significant volumes of water for a range of uses.  That water represents an exciting opportunity to help grow our agriculture and food sector even further.”