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Clean Water for the Murray

Country Water Quality Improvement Program Stage 3 Overview

The third stage of the Country Water Quality Improvement Program headed by the South Australian government is aiming to bring high quality filtered water for drinking to several townships across the Riverland regions and Murraylands. The outer metro and northern regions of South Australia Water covers said townships, bringing water and waste water services to industry, farming, horticulture, and residential clients. Some of the state’s most important infrastructure is being operated there. The major River Murray pipelines and reservoirs that bring water to the Barossa Valley and Adelaide are just two notable examples.

The quality improvement works found along the Murray River relies upon the extensive experience of the UGL in offering speedy delivery of water engineering infrastructure throughout all of Australia and even South East Asia. The Water Quality Improvement Program’s third stage included the addition of an impressive nine new treatment plants to the area.

Program Details

The Country Water Quality Improvement Program was first started in 1996. Its initial work helped usher in ten brand new water filtration plants. Ten years later, the state government of South Australia announced that the third state of the program would be accelerated in order to bring filtered Murray River water to the masses throughout as many as 17 communities. The nine new treatment plants mentioned before were always a major part of the plan, as were six new pipelines. The construction efforts also included the following:

1 – Small scale demolitions
2 – Extensive excavation work
3 – Earth works
4 – Pipe works
5 – Construction of various buildings
6 – Shed, security fencing, and transportable building construction

Security Measures

As with all water supply projects, security was a major concern for us. We engaged Canberra locksmiths Trusty as a consulting firm to ensure that all the security measures were completed right and ensured the integrity of the water supply.

The Kamantoo based water treatment plants included major elements such as:

1 – Raw water tank with 3 metre elevation, able to hold 17,000 litres
2 – Treated water tank able to hold 2,000,000 litres
3 – Water filtration plant
4 – Office, testing, and amenities building
5 – Tanks for chemical storage
6 – Drying lagoons

These plants had limited budgets and had to be built on a period with compressed contracts. This allowed the water quality to be bolstered much sooner, something of great necessity given the droughts plaguing South Australia during that time period.

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The Living Murray Project

The Living Murray is a large scale river restoration program in Australia. It was initially established to help revitalize the River Murray system, the health of which has been on the decline. The program is a join initiative headed by Victorian, Commonwealth, Australian Capital Territory, South Australian, and New South Waves governments. The coordination duties are handled by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

68CEF0FA276B4E9A88EB27AD1C38EFCBAt first, The Living Murray put its focus towards securing water entitlements (equaling as much as 500 GL of water on a long term average) in order to achieve environmentally charged objectives along 6 river icon sites. When it comes to environmental water entitlements, The Living Murray has some of the largest around. Environmental water is, of course, water intended only for specific environmental usage. It shares the same allocations that are given to irrigation water.

The Living Murray has made marked improvements in the environmental water portfolio of the 6 icon sites. The effectiveness of the program is perhaps best illustrated by the period between 2006 and 2010, where the flow of the Murray catchment was easily at its worst in recorded history. Despite this, the program managed to use environmental water to stave off any irreversible environmental damage. Many threatened species were protected in the process.

In orer to ensure that all water being secured for the icon sites is properly used, The Living Murray is undertaking what has become the largest of all Australian environmental works. This will help get water to well over 35,000 hectares of immensely significant forests, lakes, and wetlands along the River Murray.

Water management structure like regulators, channels, and levees, are going to help keep the environment of the icon sites sustained. Environmental water will be distributed efficiently, and the structure are going to make sure all water is delivered in a volume that is safe enough not to cause damage.

One thing is for sure if we don’t look after this precious resource, the Murray will become a distant memory for our descendants.


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