Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia
Australian Government funding: $13.9 million
About the project
The Mount Lofty Ranges is the second major water source for South Australia behind the River Murray. It is also a rapidly growing region where farms producing up to $440 million in agricultural produce a year sit alongside important wetlands and river systems.
The Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Mount Lofty project has eased some of the pressure on stressed water systems in the area by putting in place new comprehensive management systems. The systems formalise water allocation arrangements for all water users, established clear water access entitlements, and addressed water quality and pollution. These new systems have provided clear direction on water management for all water users in the region and are a model for other regions facing similar issues. The project has assisted South Australia meet their commitments under the National Water Initiative.
The Mount Lofty Sustainable Water Management project has:
- improved water quality
- increased certainty of current and future water supplies for the community, business and the environment
- reduced barriers to new investment and development
- protectd important water ecosystems.
Further information for each of the water allocation plans can be accessed here:
Water Smart Australia projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.