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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Remarkable water savings for Booleroo and Melrose

Media release
18 April 2012

The communities of Booleroo Centre and Melrose in South Australia will save nearly six million litres of water each year through the use of an innovative water saving technique.

The Australian Government is providing funding of $90,000 under its National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program to reduce evaporation and improve the quality of the communities’ recycled water, which is used for non-drinking purposes.

Covers installed over local wastewater treatment storage lagoons at Booleroo Centre and Melrose are all but eliminating evaporation. The covers also reduce the temperature and UV exposure of the water, reducing the likelihood of algal blooms.

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said the Australian Government investment is providing significant water savings to the communities, which are within the District Council of Mount Remarkable.

“These new evaporation abatement covers will save the communities nearly six million litres of drinking water each year,” Senator Farrell said.

“More than 95 per cent of the water previously lost to evaporation will now be retained, and at a higher quality than before, for use by the council.”

The council uses all water captured and treated for reuse in the storage lagoon for the irrigation of public recreation spaces, such as local sporting fields.

The project is one of 31 in regional local government areas throughout South Australia that are receiving a total of $7.169 million in Australian Government funding through the State Wide Cities and Towns Project, which is administered by the Local Government Association of South Australia.

The Australian Government has worked successfully with the Local Government Association of South Australia to deliver secure water supplies throughout regional South Australian local government areas under the Water for the Future initiative.