Clean water breakthrough

A WA family company is claiming success in its efforts to clean up Perth’s waterways.

Wormall Group of Companies, run by the Wormall family, has secured patents for its water filtration and cleaning systems.

The City of Cockburn has already used the technology in an effort to clean up Bibra Lake and prevent further pollutants from entering the lake from the existing drainage system.

Wormall subsidiary Advanced Concrete Products Pty Ltd installed a system that sends drainage water through a number of pipes and filters to remove harmful pollutants before they enter the lake.

The company claims the technology is unique in Australia because it can function underwater.

The company is also planning to launch a new environmental consul-ting arm that offers environmental solutions and ongoing monitoring services.

Discussions are under way with the Waters and Rivers Commission to provide solutions for stopping grease and oil pollutants from going into the Swan River. Until now, conventional systems only remove litter such as plastic bags and cans.

Waters and Rivers Commission pollution management officer Stephen Wong said the principles of the technology appeared to be sound but it still needed to be proven, before it would be fully embraced by the Commission. A pilot plant is being installed in the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle, which the Waters and Rivers Commission will be studying closely.

Talks are also under way between the Town of Vincent, the Waters and Rivers Commission and Main Roads to try to address the pollution in Lake Monger, and reduce the number of black swan deaths.

‘We’ve had some interest from offshore as well as some multi-nationals here in Australia which are looking to buy the rights and take the product and sell and manufacture them,” Advanced Concrete Products manager Shane Wormall said.

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