Talking desalination on the Eyre Peninsula

John Hyde from Port Lincoln with Chloe Ringwood from our Stakeholder Engagement team

In November 2018 about 100 people from across the Eyre Peninsula came to our open days to talk with us about their water future.

Over five days people in Port Lincoln, Cowell, Wudinna and Ceduna dropped in to chat with us about the proposed desalination plant at Sleaford Bay. The plant would supplement existing ground water supply and ensure ongoing supply of safe, clean drinking water across the Eyre Peninsula.

One of the most commonly discussed topics at these sessions was ensuring the ongoing health of the local marine environment. With seawater desalination plants at Lonsdale in Adelaide and Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island we have demonstrated experienced in environmental management. You can read about how we operate desalination plants in South Australia on our website.

We also talked with people about sustainable design principles that ensure intake and outfall from seawater desalination plants minimise the impact on marine life.

Other topics discussed included:

  • design and noise levels, particularly for people who live in and visit Sleaford
  • location of the plant in Sleaford – set back from the coastline
  • size of the plant – around 5 per cent of the capacity of the Adelaide Desalination Plant
  • ongoing operation of the plant and supply of water to supplement existing groundwater sources
  • the impact on customer bills – all our customers, including those on Eyre Peninsula, benefit from state-wide pricing.

Engagement with the Sleaford, Tulka and Port Lincoln local community began in August 2018 and will continue, ensuring everyone’s interests and views are heard.

You can read about our long-term planning for Eyre Peninsula’s water supply on our website, including how the proposed desalination plant would provide a reliable supply of safe drinking water into the future.

Above: John Hyde from Port Lincoln with Chloe Ringwood from our Stakeholder Engagement team.

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