Salisbury Stormwater Harvesting 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.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

City of Salisbury, SA

Total funding: Total project cost of $6.55 million fully funded by the Australian Government under the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns.

About the project

This project will harvest up to 6.3 billion litres of stormwater each year that is currently discharge to the Gulf of St Vincent. This stormwater will be cleansed in wetlands at Whites Road and Summers Road in northern Adelaide prior to injection into the T2 aquifer below the Northern Adelaide Plains.

The project involves the construction of new high performance water treatment wetlands, holding ponds, gross pollution traps and pumping stations. A new suite of bores with necessary infrastructure to allow water to be injected, stored and recovered will also be established and will be connected to new recycled water distribution mains.

Project benefits

This project will:

  • provide up to 6.3 billion litres of recycled water for fit-for-purpose use reducing the amount of potable water used, and
  • reduce discharge of stormwater into the Gulf of St Vincent.


The project commenced on 26 June 2009 and is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012.