Securing a reliable, affordable new water supply is fundamental to building continued growth and productivity for Barossa and Eden Valleys.
Over the past few years, efforts to procure additional water to ‘future-proof’ the regions have gained momentum, particularly so given climate change evidence, predications of greatly reduced rainfall and concerns about the security of Murray River water.
In mid-2019, BGWA hosted the Premier, the Honourable Stephen Marshall, in the Barossa and discussed the severity of water security issues.
A business case to supply recycled water from SA Water’s Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant to the region was commissioned by Primary Industries & Regions SA (PIRSA) resulting in the State Government committing $800,000 to prepare the way for private investment in what is now known as the Barossa Recycled Water Scheme (BRWS).
This project will be developed over three stages before moving to Stage 4 Construction and Operation.
The project is currently completing Stage 1.
Prior to initiation of the BRWS, Barossa Grape & Wine Association together with Eden Valley landholders initiated an EOI process with SA Water to investigate the potential supply of River Murray water to Eden Valley via the Mannum to Adelaide Pipeline (MAPL).
SA Water has established a dedicated Eden Valley information repository on their WaterTalks webpage – https://watertalks.sawater.com.au/eden-valley-water-supply-investigation. An introduction to the project and its objectives, a presentation made to BGWA members, contact details for relevant SA Water staff and a facility to ask questions can be found on the page. Further reports to keep everyone up to date will be posted by SA Water as the investigation progresses.