The Federal Government has announced funding support for the South Australian Government’s $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme.
The scheme will deliver an additional 12 gigalitres a year of recycled water from the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Upgrades will be made to the Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant to deliver the additional recycled water, as well as a new pipe network north of the Gawler River.
Once necessary approvals are in place, construction will take approximately a year and a half.
The new infrastructure will be built with the ability to increase capacity to 20 GL a year, as demand and access to overseas markets grow.
An independent economic assessment conducted for the SA Government has identified the extra 12 gigalitres of recycled water a year would create 3700 jobs in the region and add $578 million a year to the state’s economy – growing to 6,000 jobs and $1.1 billion a year when at the full 20 GL capacity.