Eyre Peninsula's new seawater desalination plant

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Desalination plant

We are working together with the Eyre Peninsula community as we progress plans for supplementing the Uley South groundwater supply with seawater desalination to ensure water security for the region into the future.

Following investigations of more than 20 sites around Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula, Billy Lights Point has been selected as the new preferred location for a planned desalination plant in the region.

The plant will provide a new reliable, climate-independent source of drinking water to supplement existing groundwater sources and the River Murray and is critical to maintaining a long-term supply of safe, clean drinking water for around 35,000 customers on the Eyre Peninsula.

Our experience in operating seawater desalination plants – and the experience of other utilities around Australia and the rest of the world – confirms they can be designed and operated to ensure they maintain the health of the environment, including the local marine environment.

Engagement with both industry and the wider Eyre Peninsula community has been a key component of this project to date, with stakeholders contributing to the site review process in particular through dedicated industry reference group meetings and workshops, regular meetings with individual industry members, and ongoing marine monitoring with industry input.

We will continue these conversations throughout the detailed planning, design and construction phases, with community information sessions planned across various townships in the Eyre Peninsula in coming weeks:


Community drop-in sessions in Port Lincoln

For more information on dates and times, and to register, visit:

https://port_lincoln_community_sessions.eventbrite.com.au


Community drop-in sessions in Cleve, Kimba, Ceduna, and Streaky Bay

For more information on dates and times, and to register, visit:

https://regional_community_sessions_ep_desal_plant.eventbrite.com.au


Drinking water supplies for the Eyre Peninsula community remain secure, with current modelling showing groundwater resources and River Murray will continue to meet demand until a desalination plant is built.

Keep an eye on this page for future opportunities to get involved.


We are working together with the Eyre Peninsula community as we progress plans for supplementing the Uley South groundwater supply with seawater desalination to ensure water security for the region into the future.

Following investigations of more than 20 sites around Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula, Billy Lights Point has been selected as the new preferred location for a planned desalination plant in the region.

The plant will provide a new reliable, climate-independent source of drinking water to supplement existing groundwater sources and the River Murray and is critical to maintaining a long-term supply of safe, clean drinking water for around 35,000 customers on the Eyre Peninsula.

Our experience in operating seawater desalination plants – and the experience of other utilities around Australia and the rest of the world – confirms they can be designed and operated to ensure they maintain the health of the environment, including the local marine environment.

Engagement with both industry and the wider Eyre Peninsula community has been a key component of this project to date, with stakeholders contributing to the site review process in particular through dedicated industry reference group meetings and workshops, regular meetings with individual industry members, and ongoing marine monitoring with industry input.

We will continue these conversations throughout the detailed planning, design and construction phases, with community information sessions planned across various townships in the Eyre Peninsula in coming weeks:


Community drop-in sessions in Port Lincoln

For more information on dates and times, and to register, visit:

https://port_lincoln_community_sessions.eventbrite.com.au


Community drop-in sessions in Cleve, Kimba, Ceduna, and Streaky Bay

For more information on dates and times, and to register, visit:

https://regional_community_sessions_ep_desal_plant.eventbrite.com.au


Drinking water supplies for the Eyre Peninsula community remain secure, with current modelling showing groundwater resources and River Murray will continue to meet demand until a desalination plant is built.

Keep an eye on this page for future opportunities to get involved.


Ask the project team a question

We are working with a range of local stakeholders, the aquaculture industry, government agencies, and the Community to achieve the most efficient outcome for delivery of this project for the Eyre Peninsula community and our wider customer base. Having key stakeholders and the wider community involved in early project planning means that a variety of views and priorities can be understood and considered in decision making processes.

Diversifying the Eyre Peninsula’s drinking water supply with a climate-independent seawater desalination plant will ensure long term water security and supplement the local groundwater resources and River Murray water relied upon by around 35,000 customers across the region.

Local community members are invited to join Water Talks to ask us questions and tell us what’s most important to them.

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Page last updated: 19 October 2021, 17:09