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Lower Lakes potable pipelines construction begins.

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Premier Mike Rann

South Australian Minister for Water Security Karlene Maywald

Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water Penny Wong

7 November 2008


Lower Lakes communities can look forward to a more secure drinking water supply early in the New Year now that construction has commenced on 130 kilometres of pipeline in the region.

South Australian Premier, Mike Rann, and Minister for the Water Security, Karlene Maywald, were joined by Commonwealth Government Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, to visit the pipeline construction site today.

“Pipelines will deliver water from Tailem Bend and Strathalbyn to households and properties in the Langhorne Creek, Raukkan, and Narrung and Poltalloch Peninsulas,” Senator Wong said.

“This is the first of several projects to be rolled out as part of the South Australian Government’s $610 million Murray Futures package, funded under the Australian Government’s Water for the Future program.”

Premier Rann says the $120 million needed for this project was secured at the COAG meeting in July this year as part of the Murray Futures package.

“It’s great to see that only a few months later, the construction of the pipeline is progressing at a rapid rate with a likely finish date very early in the new year.

“This is being built in response to critical drought conditions facing the communities of the Lower Lakes and to the deterioration in the condition of the lakes.

“Piping of potable water for domestic and stock purposes will remove all uncertainty for those communities previously reliant on the Lower Lakes for their water supplies and take pressure off the lake system in the future,” Premier Rann said.

“There is a pressing need to get this pipeline in place so that Lower Lakes communities can be assured of a safe and reliable water supply.”

Minister Maywald said the contract to construct the pipeline was awarded to Leed Engineering and Constructions and construction had begun on a number of fronts to ensure the project was able to deliver mains water to the community as soon as possible.

“Representatives from SA Water and Primary Industries and Resources SA have already consulted with more than 100 individual landholders in the region to discuss connection details. Consultation will continue over the coming month,” Minister Maywald said.

“For many people in this community it will be the first time they have received mains water, with most of their supply previously coming from Lower Lakes, rainfall and most recently, trucking water into their properties.”

The township of Langhorne Creek is currently supplied water from a local groundwater resource, which is managed by the Alexandrina Council. The degradation of this resource means that it can no longer support the town’s domestic water needs.

“Once this project is complete a pipeline will run from Strathalbyn to Langhorne Creek and supply the township with drinking water from SA Water’s Summit Storage,” Minister Maywald said.

“This will mean that those people in Langhorne Creek who were supplied water by the Alexandrina Council, will now be supplied filtered mains water from SA Water.

“The Langhorne Creek and Currency Creek irrigation communities are also working with the Government on a separate Murray Futures project to build a pipeline to supply irrigation water to the region by the 2009 irrigation season.”

Anyone in the region who would like to enquire about connecting to SA Water’s mains supply is encouraged to contact SA Water on 1300 650 950.