Buttah Windee in Remote WA Now Has Clean Water Thanks to Solar Hydropanel Technology – ABC News

by Dominique Bayens for ABC Mid West,
A fight for safe drinking water at Buttah Windee in Western Australia has been a fight for the survival of the community, and a battle they are proud to have won on their own. Almost a decade ago, resident Andrew Binsiar discovered the community’s water was tainted with naturally occurring uranium at more than twice the national health standard.

“I was actually very surprised,” he said. “You’d imagine people would test the water for human consumption before people are allowed to drink it.”

Unable to drink the community’s tap water, most of the 50 people who lived at Buttah Windee left.

Key points:
Six solar hydropanels have been installed in the small WA community, capturing 900 litres of water a month from the air
The community had discovered its water supply contained uranium more than twice the national health standard, and the State Government deemed it too expensive to address
With the help of crowdfunding and technology donated by a WA company, the residents of the community no longer need to live elsewhere

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