Delivering water security for SA

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Senator the Hon. Penny Wong

Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water

Media release

10 June 2010

PW 136/10

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/minister/wong/2010/media-releases/June/mr20100610.aspx

South Australian councils will save almost 3 billion litres of water each year – about 1200 Olympic-sized swimming pools – by rolling out nine water-saving projects.

Federal Minister for Water Senator Penny Wong today announced eight regional councils and the Local Government Association of South Australia would share in $19.2 million in Federal Government funding to implement the projects.

Senator Wong said the projects would strengthen the future water security of local communities by easing demand on drinking water supplies.

Projects will help communities diversify their water supplies, reduce reliance on rainfall, and use water more wisely.

The measures include:

using less potable water for commercial purposes by introducing stormwater harvesting and wastewater reuse schemes in Port Augusta and Port Pirie;

using recycled water to water open community spaces such as sporting fields and parks;

installing more efficient irrigation systems, and;

a statewide initiative for 29 sub-projects that will help 18 South Australian councils diversify their future water supplies and improve their capacity to better manage current water resources.

Senator Wong congratulated the councils for their initiative in finding ways to help their local communities use water more wisely.

“Changing population patterns and the emerging effects of climate change mean urban water supplies in our cities and towns are under increasing pressure, ” Senator Wong said.

“So it’s essential we support local communities as they tackle the challenge of a future with less water.

“We need to look at new ways of diversifying South Australia’s water supplies and reducing reliance on the River Murray.

“That’s why the Rudd Government has committed over $530 million in South Australia for stormwater harvesting and reuse, desalination and water recycling projects.”

Funding for the projects has been provided under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program, a key component of the Federal Government’s comprehensive, long-term Water for the Future initiative.

A list of all successful applicants in South Australia is below.

For more information on Water for the Future visit www.environment.gov.au/water

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