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The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water

Local growers celebrate $3.3 Million McLaren Vale Water Plan

Media release
2 August 2013

Up to 726 megalitres a year of precious drinking water will be saved in McLaren Vale, with the recent completion of a recycled stormwater plant in the region.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Urban Water and local member for Kingston, Amanda Rishworth joined local growers today to celebrate the completion of the $3.3 million McLaren Vale Water Plan.

Attending the official launch of the plan in McLaren Vale, Ms Rishworth said the Australian Government is proud to fund an important community project which is helping to prepare the local area for a future with less water.

"Local grape and olive growers can now access recycled water supplies from the Christies Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, improving water security for producers in the region," Ms Rishworth said.

"Using treated stormwater for irrigation reduces the growers' reliance on the River Murray and makes the most of available water resources, which is important, especially in times of low rainfall and drought."

"The water available for irrigation through this project would be enough to fill almost 2.5 million hogshead oak wine barrels," Ms Rishworth said.

The environment also benefits from the project with the reduction of effluent outflows into the Gulf of St Vincent.

Funding for this project provided one-off payments to eligible irrigators to connect to the recycled water pipeline and paid for half of the licensing fee charged by the Willunga Basin Water Company.

"This grass roots project is a great example of how governments, industry groups and land holders can work in partnership to improve water security and conserve the environment for current and future generations.

"I would like to make mention of the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Industry Association who have worked with local growers to encourage the uptake of this project over the past four years," Ms Rishworth said.

"Securing a sustainable water supply for all Australians is a key priority for the Australian Government and I'm proud to be part of today to celebrate another success story from the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program."

For more information on the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program visit: www.environment.gov.au/water or call 1800 218 478.