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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

T95/07 27 June 2007


The Australian Government today announced $20 million funding to upgrade up to 69 Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS) across South Australia.

The Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull said this significant funding from the Australian Government will help local councils undertake a $90 million upgrade of these systems in regional centres across South Australia.

“Every litre that we recycle is one less that we need to draw from our rivers, and one more litre that is available for everyday use in our communities." Mr Turnbull said.

Community Wastewater Management Systems (CWMS) are wastewater disposal systems installed and operated by individual Councils in areas of regional and outer metropolitan South Australia that are not serviced by traditional deep drainage sewerage schemes.

“All existing CWMS are based on a Septic Tank Effluent Disposal Scheme (STEDS) that connects the outlet of all septic tanks in a particular area to a common treatment and disposal area.

“The project will provide direct benefits to regional communities in South Australia by improving regional health, better protecting water resources and by providing a consolidated state wide approach to reforming a decentralised sewerage network.

“Other benefits will include a reduction in groundwater and surface water contamination and addressing a significant backlog in the provision of adequate waste water facilities for communities in South Australia.

“This project demonstrates how large-scale improvements can be achieved through a single “umbrella” project coordinating a large number of regional water projects,” he said.

This additional $20 million in funding for South Australia comes out of the $2.2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

Further information on this and other Water Smart Australia projects can be found on the National Water Commission’s website at

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