Celebrating SA’s irrigators during National Water Week

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone is urging South Australians to recognise the importance of the River Murray to the South Australian economy during National Water Week.
 

Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone is urging South Australians to recognise the importance of the River Murray to the South Australian economy during National Water Week.
 
National Water Week, which highlights water awareness and water efficiency in the community, runs from October 19 to 25.
 
Mr Whetstone, whose electorate relies on the River Murray to survive, said the week-long event is an opportunity to highlight the importance of irrigation to South Australia.
 
“The Riverland is home to some of the most efficient irrigators in the world,” Mr Whetstone said.
 
“National Water Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work done by our irrigators to assist in putting food on the tables of South Australian families.
 
“It is also an opportunity to highlight the need to do better with available stormwater and invest in our alternative water supplies.
 
“South Australia must reduce its reliance on the River Murray and reusing stormwater each year is a cheaper and more realistic option than desal to diversify the state’s water supplies.”
 
Mr Whetstone said delivering the Basin Plan is a step in the right direction to securing the future of the Murray Darling Basin.
 
However, Mr Whetstone warned that no more productive water can be taken from irrigators as part of South Australia’s required commitment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

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