Eden Valley water supply investigation

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In response to regional grower and producer enquiries, we are undertaking a comprehensive water supply investigation for the Eden Valley area.

This investigation builds on community forums that have provided feedback about water security and proposals for industry sustainability and growth over the longer term.

The Barossa Grape and Wine Association has been part of this work, and it has engaged with local viticulturists, winemakers, primary producers and horticulturalists in the area capturing Mount Pleasant, Springton, Flaxman Valley and Angaston to determine the level of interest in the development of a new, viable water solution.

Currently, Eden Valley relies on ground and catchment water allocations. Scenarios that bring an additional water supply to the area to enable the irrigation of vineyards and meet primary production requirements are being investigated.

To inform our investigation, we have sought a better understanding of current water use patterns, storage requirements and plans for growth in the region if a new water supply should become available. Surveys of growers and producers in January and May 2020 received a strong, positive response and the information gathered is a crucial input to our water system planning investigation.

Eden Valley sits between our Swan Reach to Paskeville Pipeline to the north and the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline (MAPL) to the south. The MAPL system provides raw water to the South Para Reservoir which in turn feeds the Barossa Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant, as well as being a primary source for water supplies into metropolitan Adelaide. The investigation into water supply for Eden Valley is considering the options for using existing water sources and supply systems to meet longer term existing and projected future demand across metropolitan and regional areas.

A concept plan is being developed for a water supply scheme based on the information received through the recent surveys submitted by the growers. This concept will represent a ‘plan on a page’ to demonstrate potential infrastructure required across Eden Valley to distribute water.

To support the concept design, we are undertaking a major system wide review of infrastructure capacity, projecting short- and long-term customer demands reliant on our integrated metropolitan and regional systems. The review looks long-term to the coming 30 years.

Updates on our investigations will continue to be provided here on WaterTalks.

We are also represented in other investigations into the use of recycled water from our Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, a separate, alternative scenario being led by PIRSA.

In response to regional grower and producer enquiries, we are undertaking a comprehensive water supply investigation for the Eden Valley area.

This investigation builds on community forums that have provided feedback about water security and proposals for industry sustainability and growth over the longer term.

The Barossa Grape and Wine Association has been part of this work, and it has engaged with local viticulturists, winemakers, primary producers and horticulturalists in the area capturing Mount Pleasant, Springton, Flaxman Valley and Angaston to determine the level of interest in the development of a new, viable water solution.

Currently, Eden Valley relies on ground and catchment water allocations. Scenarios that bring an additional water supply to the area to enable the irrigation of vineyards and meet primary production requirements are being investigated.

To inform our investigation, we have sought a better understanding of current water use patterns, storage requirements and plans for growth in the region if a new water supply should become available. Surveys of growers and producers in January and May 2020 received a strong, positive response and the information gathered is a crucial input to our water system planning investigation.

Eden Valley sits between our Swan Reach to Paskeville Pipeline to the north and the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline (MAPL) to the south. The MAPL system provides raw water to the South Para Reservoir which in turn feeds the Barossa Reservoir and Water Treatment Plant, as well as being a primary source for water supplies into metropolitan Adelaide. The investigation into water supply for Eden Valley is considering the options for using existing water sources and supply systems to meet longer term existing and projected future demand across metropolitan and regional areas.

A concept plan is being developed for a water supply scheme based on the information received through the recent surveys submitted by the growers. This concept will represent a ‘plan on a page’ to demonstrate potential infrastructure required across Eden Valley to distribute water.

To support the concept design, we are undertaking a major system wide review of infrastructure capacity, projecting short- and long-term customer demands reliant on our integrated metropolitan and regional systems. The review looks long-term to the coming 30 years.

Updates on our investigations will continue to be provided here on WaterTalks.

We are also represented in other investigations into the use of recycled water from our Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant, a separate, alternative scenario being led by PIRSA.

We are undertaking a comprehensive water supply investigation for the Eden Valley area.

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