To support the South Australian Government’s “30-year Plan for Greater Adelaide”, SA Water is undertaking investigations and planning to develop water supply solutions to accommodate growth in the Mount Barker area. With population increases expected in the near future, an upgraded water supply network is needed to support growth and development of the region and community.
This project is in the early design and development phase, with practical completion of Stage 1 anticipated for 2014.
SA Water will be engaging with key stakeholders, including the community, in developing sustainable long-term outcomes in this infrastructure delivery.
Mount Barker’s water is currently supplied from Summit Storage Water Treatment Plant (WTP), north of Littlehampton, which commenced operation in 1996. Water from the Summit Storage WTP is supplied to a large area, from Gumeracha in the north to Clayton/Milang in the South, and from Heathfield in the west to Brukunga/Dawsley in the east. SA Water will supply treated water for the new development around Mount Barker from the existing WTP. However, the capacity of the existing water supply network will need to be upgraded.
SA Water has developed feasible options to augment the water transfer system and water supply network to enable drinking water to be supplied from the existing Summit Storage WTP to the new development without compromising existing supplies. The preferred option minimises impacts to the community and the environment. SA Water has prepare a concept design for the upgrade and, in so doing, is seeking stakeholder and community input. Further work will also be undertaken with the private sector contractors to continue to minimise social and environmental impacts.
Opportunities are being provided for the community and other stakeholders to influence the design and development of this project.
SA Water has hosted information sessions for the community to:
- Provide information about the planning process and how the community can become involved; and
- Discuss key issues to be addressed through the planning process.
A Community Reference Group has also been formed to provide input to the development of the project.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this important project for the Mount Barker community please:
Project Fact Sheet
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