Liberals call for more water to be re-used from Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to increase the amount of re-use flow from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Liberals call for more water to be re-used from Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant 

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to increase the amount of re-use flow from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).

Information provided to the State Liberals from Environment Minister Ian Hunter reveals that the amount of water from the Glenelg WWTP that is re-used is minimal compared to what flows out into the Gulf:

 Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant

Year

Sewerage inflow (ML)

Reuse flow (ML)

Flow to sea (ML)

2008/09

15,917

1,619

14,648

2009/10

16,359

2,134

14,760

2010/11

17,561

1,945

16,090

2011/12

17,117

2,428

14,941

2012/13

17,471

3,051

14,626

2013/14

18,005

2,584

15,814

2014/15

18,295

3,421

13,569

“In a time where we are facing drought and water shortages, it is completely ludicrous to be sending water out to the Gulf which could be re-used,” said Acting Shadow Minister for Water and the River Murray Tim Whetstone.

“Water flowing out into the Gulf can also have a detrimental effect on seagrass and the local ocean environment.

“Water from the Glenelg WWTP could be easily re-used for a number of purposes, including public toilets, watering public reserves and gardens, and potentially even industrial uses, but it must be provided at an affordable price.

“The Holdfast Bay Council is a good example of what can be achieved when treated water is used.

“I want a commitment from Environment Minister Ian Hunter that he will increase the water that is being re-used and reduce the water that is flowing out into the Gulf.”

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