Encouraging innovation in sustainable urban water management with the goal of protecting scarce resources is increasingly seen as making wise economic and environmental sense, rather than as being the lofty dream of past decades.
In late August 2014, SA Water commenced a $1.9-million replacement of a water main on the southern side of Grenfell Street, in Adelaide’s central business district. The project involved the installation of 561 metres of new water main along Grenfell Street, between King William and Pulteney Streets. SA Water contracted South Australian company SEM Utilities to deliver the project.
A South Australian program included in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has pushed up the price of irrigation licences across the system.
A plan by the South Australian Government to use fresh water from the River Murray to lower salinity in Lake Albert is continuing to divide opinions in the local community.
A major dredging program will soon begin in the Hastings River, with sand pumped out of the river and onto the nearby Town Beach.