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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Hon Paul Caica

Minister for Environment & Conservation
Minister for the River Murray
Minister for Water

Early works underway for Waterproofing the West

Joint media release
8 August 2011

Early works are now underway along Old Port Road on the $58.6 million Waterproofing the West - Stage One project.

SA Minister for Water Paul Caica and Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water Senator Don Farrell today visited the work site, where the project is being led by the City of Charles Sturt.

Senator Farrell said that securing and diversifying water supplies is central to building a sustainable Australia.

"Stormwater harvesting and reuse projects like this help to ease the pressure on drinking water supplies and deliver improved water quality to our urban waterways.

"By investing in over 160 urban water projects to date - including stormwater, desalination and recycling - the Gillard Labor Government is helping prepare Australia for future climate variability."

More than $560 million has been committed to a range of urban water projects in South Australia by the Gillard Labor Government, such as desalination, stormwater harvesting and water recycling.

Minister Caica said South Australia was recognised as a highly innovative state for managing and reusing stormwater and diversifying water supplies.

"A key element of this success is strong collaboration with all tiers of government, which is demonstrated through this project," he said.

"This project will allow more harvesting, treatment, storage and supply of stormwater and will also mitigate flood risk in Adelaide's western suburbs.

"It's expected to supply up to 2.5 gigalitres of water per year through wetland, aquifer storage and recovery projects at Cheltenham, the Riverside Golf Course and Old Port Road."

The early works, which include the undergrounding of some existing ETSA overhead powerlines and new street lighting, will make way for a 1.8 kilometre wetland and Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) system.

The wetland and ASR system will provide a valuable water resource that can be used for industry supply and irrigation of new housing developments, reserves and the local golf course.

It will also provide flood mitigation for Old Port Road and enhance the environment through natural vegetation and a habitat for wildlife.

"I commend the City of Charles Sturt's leadership in reducing its dependence on traditional mains water and groundwater supplies, which will contribute to the sustainability of our vital water supplies," Minister Caica said.

"As part of the Waterproofing the West initiative, this is one of eight stormwater harvesting and re-use schemes across Adelaide.

"In addition to other existing and planned schemes, these projects will increase our stormwater harvesting capacity in Adelaide to approximately 23 gigalitres in 2013 - nearly quadruple that from 2009."

The project is supported by $20 million in Australian Government funding through its Water for the Future initiative and more than $15 million from the Government of South Australia, with the remainder provided by the City of Charles Sturt and other partners.

For more information about stormwater projects in Adelaide, visit