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.


  • Talking desalination on the Eyre Peninsula

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    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.

Page last updated: 19 October 2021, 17:09