Peterborough-Orroroo 36 Km Pipeline To Be Built

Peterborough-Orroroo 36 Km Pipeline To Be Built

South Australia Minister for Water and the River Murray Ian Hunter

New Pipeline To Improve Water Quality For Orroroo

Victor P Taffa

SA Water will invest approximately $12 Million to build a new 36 km pipeline from Peterborough to Orroroo to improve the quality of drinking water supplied to the town.

“New Orroroo pipeline will deliver a reliable and high-quality water supply to local residents that will improve multiple aspects of day-to-day life, and support future residential and business growth.” Minister for Water and the River Murray Ian Hunter said.

“Getting to this point has required significant work from SA Water, Council and local residents, and they’re to be commended for diligently investigating solutions, building a sound business case and involving the community at every step.”

New pipeline will connect to the existing water network at Peterborough, which is supplied by the Morgan to Whyalla pipeline. Water is drawn from the Morgan Water Treatment Plant, which was voted as producing the best tasting tap water in South Australia for the second year running.

Construction is anticipated to begin mid-2018, with the new water supply flowing to Orroroo residents by the end of the year.

Peterborough to Orroroo pipeline project is expected to create 20 jobs during construction, with successful tenderers required to satisfy the South Australian Government’s Industry Participation Policy to maximise local employment opportunities.

“It’s fantastic to see this project progressing and the people of Orroroo will be eagerly waiting for the first water to flow through the new pipeline. This is a huge step forward for our small community.” Chairman of the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton Kathie Bowman said.

“Although this has been a very lengthy process, it proves that negotiations conducted in a respectful and collaborative manner can deliver positive outcomes.”

As well as the pipeline, the project will involve the construction of a new disinfection booster station and other ancillary infrastructure.

Another 16 km section of pipe between Yongala and Peterborough will also be upgraded to ensure ample water flow is maintained for both Peterborough and Orroroo.

Background

Orroroo’s water supply is currently drawn from the Walloway Basin through 2 bores and services approximately 300 customers.

Although classified as potable under the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, the town’s water does not meet aesthetic water quality expectations due to its saltiness.

Salinity of the town’s water is a naturally-occurring physical characteristic, typical of many inland groundwater systems in Australia.

SA Water implemented an extensive community engagement program, and worked with the local community and District Council of Orroroo Carrieton to identify a solution to improve the town’s water quality and security.

Approximately two thirds of regional and metropolitan customers indicated support for investment in regional water quality improvement projects even when this will have an impact on their bill during SA Water’s state-wide customer engagement program for its 2016-20 business plan.

Essential Services Commission of South Australia accepted this solution as the priority project for regional water quality improvement to be implemented during SA Water’s 2016-20 regulatory period.

SA Water will continue to engage with the local community to keep them informed of the project’s progress during the construction process.

Abbreviations

SA       South Australia