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Early start for Glenelg to Parklands pipeline.

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Senator the Hon Penny Wong Hon Karlene Maywald Minister for Climate Change Minister for Water Security

and Water

Media Release 11 September 2008


Construction has started on the main pipeline that will carry treated wastewater into Adelaide’s central business district for irrigation, industry and property developments.

Up to 5.5 billion litres of recycled water will be delivered through a 40-kilometre pipeline network as part of the $75 million Glenelg to Adelaide Parklands project.

Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said the project is a partnership between the Commonwealth and South Australian governments.

“Climate change means we need to secure new supplies of water to reduce our reliance on the Murray and on rainfall,” Senator Wong said.

“A fundamental part of the Rudd Government’s long term, $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan is to help State governments diversify their water supplies.

“The previous Liberal Government put this challenge in the ‘too hard basket’ - saying it was a State government responsibility.

“The Rudd Government’s approach is to end the blame game and work in partnership with State governments in securing our long-term water supplies.

“That’s why we have also committed at least $100 million towards the Adelaide desalination plant, with provision for more funding should a larger plant be required,” Senator Wong said.

Minister for Water Security, Karlene Maywald, said the start of construction has been brought forward from early 2009 with recycled water to be delivered to the parklands in mid-2010.

“Construction of the project’s eight-kilometre trunk main has begun along the southern edge of the Adelaide International Airport and will progress east to Anzac Highway,” Minister Maywald said.


“Work is already underway on upgrading the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and later this month, construction of the 34-kilometre ring main pipeline will begin.

“SA Water is working with local governments, large water users and businesses along the proposed pipeline route to substitute mains and ground water for recycled water.

“This project puts in place the long-term backbone infrastructure for recycled water in our city and will further strengthen South Australia’s national leadership in its use of recycled water.

“Adelaide is Australia’s leading capital city in recycling water. We currently recycle 29 per cent of our treated effluent, which is more than double the average for metropolitan utilities.

“With projects already announced, our re-use will increase to nearly 45 per cent.”

This project will reinforce Adelaide’s position as a green city and a leader in water conservation. It will also contribute to a range of significant environmental benefits including: • Reduced discharges of treated wastewater to the Gulf St Vincent

• Increasing the annual reuse of treated wastewater from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant by more than three times • Improved health of the River Torrens and quality of the water in Torrens Lake.