'Fit for Purpose' - Supplementary Water Supply Schemes

Freeling & Kapunda, SA

Total funding: Total project cost $3.3 million, with funding of $975,394 from the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns and the remaining funding provided by Light Regional Council.

About the project

Light Regional Council is upgrading stormwater and treated wastewater management infrastructure to expand the existing water reuse schemes in the townships of Kapunda and Freeling. The schemes aim to facilitate reuse of treated wastewater and harvested stormwater, which will include 52.7 million litres of new potable water savings each year through this project.

At Kapunda the project will involve the upgrade of two existing wetlands on the Kapunda Creek, and the conversion of existing wastewater treatment lagoons to storage dams for treated effluent. The increase in water reuse in Kapunda will result in improvements in turf quality in the public open space areas of Dutton Park, the trotting track, caravan park and golf course as well as providing irrigation water to open spaces, the high school oval and vineyards. At Freeling the project will include the installation of new storage tanks adjacent to the existing tank at the Freeling Oval Complex.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • extend the existing stormwater and wastewater reuse distribution network, reducing reliance on mains water and saving 52.7 million litres of potable water each year
  • increase the efficiency of irrigation infrastructure, reducing irrigation demand and wastage of water, and
  • increase the quality of open space and community land in the Kapunda & Freeling townships.

Progress

The project commenced on 9 November 2010 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.