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The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water

Loxton Waikerie Water Supply Plan now open

Media release
29 July 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Urban Water Amanda Rishworth today opened the Loxton Waikerie Water Supply Plan in regional South Australia.

"The water supply plan will reduce Loxton's reliance on the River Murray, maximise stormwater capture and storage and identify options to replace potable water with recycled water supplies," Ms Rishworth said.

The project is a great example of how communities across the Murray-Darling Basin are using Australian Government funding to invest in innovative technology and modern infrastructure to help secure future water supplies for their regions.

"Recycled water supplies will be used to irrigate the town's green spaces including riverfront reserves and grassed areas throughout the central business district as well as for other non-portable uses like flushing toilets," Ms Rishworth said.

"The environmental benefits are also significant. This project will improve the water quality and overall river health by reducing uncontrolled urban stormwater runoff directly into the River Murray.

"Remarkably, it's expected that in a normal rainfall year the town of Loxton is forecast to have zero reliance on River Murray water extraction for irrigation purposes."

Ms Rishworth said that the Australian Government's contribution of $1.12 million covered a significant portion of the total cost of the project.

"Being a major contributor to this project shows our commitment to working with all levels of government and the community to deliver practical water saving solutions," Ms Rishworth said.

"While visiting Loxton I've had the privilege of seeing firsthand what's achieved when the Australian Government supports local projects through our Strengthening Basin Communities program, a core component under the Water for the Future initiative."

For more information on the Strengthening Basin Communities program visit: www.environment.gov.au/water or call 1800 218 478.