Angle Vale, South Australia
Australian Government Funding: $2,035,000
About the project
The Virginia and Angle Vale regions support one of South Australia's most valuable horticultural areas. Pressures on local underground water supplies were eased in 1999 with the development of Australia's largest reclaimed water scheme, the Virginia Pipeline. More than 100km of pipes bring Class A treated wastewater from the Bolivar wastewater treatment plant to the region and provide an alternative source of water to local irrigators.
The pipeline extension project will meet future demand with an additional 18km of pipelines laid, allowing up to another 3000 mega litres of treated water to be supplied to the region every year.
he Virginia Pipeline Scheme Extension has:
- eased pressures on underground water supplies by offering an alternative water source to producers and irrigators
- reduced the discharge of nutrients into the marine environment by reducing ocean outfall from the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant by a further 6 per cent
- secured the long-term economic viability of the region, and
- demonstrated the effectiveness of reusing treated water on a large scale for commercial horticultural production.
More information can be found on the SA Water website Media release: Virginia recycled water extension complete - 25 May 2009.
Water Smart Australia projects are funded by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.