Improving the Fleurieu Peninsula's drinking water

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Miss Isla at Normanville

We recently changed the disinfection method of drinking water sourced from the Myponga Reservoir from chlorine to chloramine to improve the quality of the tap water in Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga.

This change was to overcome water quality challenges presented by the source water in the Myponga Reservoir and long pipelines in the region, as well as to produce better tasting water.

Disinfecting drinking water is a very important part of what we do at SA Water.

Tap water needs to be disinfected so that bacteria and other naturally occurring pathogens - which may be present in South Australia’s water supplies - are destroyed. It is very important these are removed to ensure water is safe for human consumption.

Chloramination is a method of drinking water disinfection that has been used effectively in South Australia since the 1980s, in greater Sydney, Brisbane, Bendigo and country Western Australia and as well in a wide range of international drinking water supplies.

Current status

In mid March 2021, the new, improved chloraminated water started flowing through the drinking water network to customer’s taps in Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga. It was the second stage of a long-term project to improve drinking water across the Fleurieu Peninsula, and follows us making the same change for residents of Myponga Township in late 2018.

Next steps

The next areas to change to the higher quality chloraminated tap water later in 2021 will be Aldinga, Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach, and then onwards to Goolwa, Port Elliot, Hindmarsh Island, Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay.

Opportunities to engage

Visit our handy drinking water tool – your drinking water profile to find out all the current information about what makes up the drinking water in your area, at home or at work.




Miss Isla at Normanville

We recently changed the disinfection method of drinking water sourced from the Myponga Reservoir from chlorine to chloramine to improve the quality of the tap water in Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga.

This change was to overcome water quality challenges presented by the source water in the Myponga Reservoir and long pipelines in the region, as well as to produce better tasting water.

Disinfecting drinking water is a very important part of what we do at SA Water.

Tap water needs to be disinfected so that bacteria and other naturally occurring pathogens - which may be present in South Australia’s water supplies - are destroyed. It is very important these are removed to ensure water is safe for human consumption.

Chloramination is a method of drinking water disinfection that has been used effectively in South Australia since the 1980s, in greater Sydney, Brisbane, Bendigo and country Western Australia and as well in a wide range of international drinking water supplies.

Current status

In mid March 2021, the new, improved chloraminated water started flowing through the drinking water network to customer’s taps in Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga. It was the second stage of a long-term project to improve drinking water across the Fleurieu Peninsula, and follows us making the same change for residents of Myponga Township in late 2018.

Next steps

The next areas to change to the higher quality chloraminated tap water later in 2021 will be Aldinga, Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach, and then onwards to Goolwa, Port Elliot, Hindmarsh Island, Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay.

Opportunities to engage

Visit our handy drinking water tool – your drinking water profile to find out all the current information about what makes up the drinking water in your area, at home or at work.