Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands water recycling project


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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About the project

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Funding: The total project cost was $76.248 million of which the Australian Government has contributed $30.15 million. The remainder of funding was provided by the CityGreen Alliance, comprising of: SA Water, United Water, Leed Engineering and Construction, Guidera O'Connor and Leighton Services.

Completion of the project was announced by Senator the Hon Penny Wong, the former Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water on 11 January 2010.

The project has resulted in an upgrade of the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and construction of a pipeline to transport up to 2 gigalitres of Class A recycled water to irrigate the Adelaide City park lands. In addition, the upgrade has ensured there is capacity to provide up to 5.5 gigalitres of recycled water per year for new project or initiative in the central business district.

Project benefits

Using recycled water to irrigate the Adelaide Park Lands will significantly reduces nutrient discharge into the marine environment by reducing outfall from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant into the Gulf of St Vincent and metropolitan beaches.

The upgrade of the treatment plant and construction of the pipeline demonstrates the effectiveness of reusing treated water on a large scale, and also providing for future expansion of the use of recycled water.

Further information

The project was coordinated by the South Australian government through the Department for Water, and was managed by SA Water.

Further information on the project is available on the Glenelg to Adelaide Park Lands Recycled Water Project website.